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J Am Chem Soc. 2003 Apr 16;125(15):4551-9.

Synthesis of periodic hexagonal surfactant templated platinum tin tellurides: narrow band gap inorganic/organic composites.

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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1569, USA.


In this work we report the synthesis and characterization of a new nanostructured platinum/tin/telluride inorganic/surfactant composite. The material is synthesized from soluble SnTe(4)(4-) clusters and is shown to have well-defined nanometer scale periodicity along with unique optical properties. Small-angle X-ray scattering indicates that the material forms with a 2D hexagonal honeycomb structure, which is size tunable based on surfactant tail length. Multinuclear EXAFS is used as a probe of local order in these materials. The results indicate that the tetrahedral SnTe(4) unit dimerizes during assembly, and these clusters are coordinated to square planar platinum ions. Near-IR/visible reflectance spectroscopy indicates that the material is a narrow band gap semiconductor with a band gap of 0.8 eV. The extension of the ideas of surfactant templating to a narrow band gap semiconductor opens up the exciting potential for future optoelectronic applications.


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