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Intermetalic phases (IP) are composed of metal components which exhibit an own kind of structural chemistry. Most IPs have structures which cannot easily be understood by simple electron counting rules, which makes them different from Zintl phases in these two terms - structurally and electronically. They tend to more variable compositions but only within certain limits. Brittleness and high resistance reveal that most valence electrons reside in located states.
The transition from Zintl to intermetallic phases is a very interesting field of chemical bonding.

Our research goal is the synthesis of new compounds at the border of intermetallic and Zintl phases.

This work contributes to a deeper understanding of chemical bonding in solids.



"Synthesis, Structure, and Properties of Solids"
Swiss National Science Foundation Nr. 20-66717.01





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