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.
research goal is the synthesis of new compounds at the border of
intermetallic and Zintl phases.
work contributes to a deeper understanding of chemical bonding in