The previously unreported layered compounds IrTe2I and RhTe2I were prepared by a high-pressure synthesis method. Single crystal X-ray and powder X-ray diffraction studies find that the compounds are isostructural, crystallizing in a layered orthorhombic structure in the non-centrosymmetric, non-symmorphic space group Pca21 (#29). Characterization reveals diamagnetic, high resistivity, semiconducting behavior for both compounds, consistent with the +3 chemical valence and d6 electronic configurations for both iridium and rhodium and the Te-Te dimers seen in the structural study. Electronic band structures are calculated for both compounds, showing good agreement with the experimental results.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Inorganic Chemistry