CuTe: Remarkable Bonding Features as a Consequence of a Charge Density Wave


  • We thank Dr. G. Auffermann, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids for chemical analyses, Dr. M. Tolkien for support at the synchrotron beamline D3 (HAYSLAB/DESY), and the ZIH TU Dresden for the computational facilities provided within the project “Chemical Bonding Analysis of Novel Inorganic Compounds with Real-Space Indicators”.


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CuTe bonds! A delicate balance between polyanionic Te[BOND]Te bonds and multicenter Cu[BOND]Cu and Cu[BOND]Te interactions is found in the modulated structure of CuTe. Modulated CuTe is thus an alliance of typical bonding properties of polyanionic and metal-rich compounds.