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Two Penta-Supertetrahedral Cluster-Based Chalcogenide Open Frameworks: Effect of the Cluster Spatial Connectivity on the Electron-Transport Efficiency

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posted on 22.02.2019, 12:48 by Jing Lv, Jiaxu Zhang, Chaozhuang Xue, Dandan Hu, Xiang Wang, Dong-Sheng Li, Tao Wu
High-degree connectivity of clusters in open-framework chalcogenide semiconductors conceptually facilitates electron mobility between clusters; however, no direct evidence was obtained to prove the prediction because of the shortage of suitable structure models among such systems. Herein, two open-framework chalcogenides built from the same types of heterometallic P2-CuInSnS clusters but with different spatial connectivities of clusters were obtained, in which 3-connected clusters are assembled into a 3D framework with SrSi2 topology (MCOF-1) and 4-connected clusters (μ4-P2) are arranged into diamond topology (MCOF-2). Compared to MCOF-1, MCOF-2 exhibits a relatively rapid photocurrent response, good reproducibility, and high electrocatalytic oxygen reduction reaction activity. This work substantially demonstrates that cluster-based chalcogenide frameworks with higher-degree cluster connectivity possess faster electron-transport efficiency between adjacent clusters relative to low-connected ones with the same building units.