Anion–Anion Bonding and Topology in Ternary Iridium Seleno–Stannides
2015-12-21T00:00:00Z (GMT) by
The synthesis and physical properties of two new and one known Ir–Sn–Se compound are reported. Their crystal structures are elucidated with transmission electron microscopy and powder X-ray diffraction. IrSn0.45Se1.55 is a pyrite phase which consists of tilted corner-sharing IrX6 octahedra with randomly distributed (Sn–Se)4– and (Se–Se)2– dimers. Ir2Sn3Se3 is a known trigonally distorted skutterudite that consists of cooperatively tilted corner-sharing IrSn3Se3 octahedra with ordered (Sn–Se)24– tetramers. Ir2SnSe5 is a layered, distorted β-MnO2 (pyrolusite) structure consisting of a double IrSe6 octrahedral row, corner sharing in the a direction and edge sharing in the b direction. This distorted pyrolusite contains (Se–Se)2– dimers and Se2– anions, and each double row is “capped” with a (Sn–Se)n polymeric chain. Resistivity, specific heat, and magnetization measurements show that all three have insulating and diamagnetic behavior, indicative of low-spin 5d6 Ir3+. Electronic structure calculations on Ir2Sn3Se3 show a single, spherical, nonspin–orbit split valence band and suggest that Ir2Sn3Se3 is topologically nontrivial under tensile strain due to inversion of Ir-d and Se-p states.