Structural chemistry of superconducting pnictides and pnictide oxides with layered structures

Dirk Johrendt 1 , Hideo Hosono 2 , Rolf-Dieter Hoffmann 3  and Rainer Pöttgen
  • 1  Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Department Chemie, München, Deutschland
  • 2  Tokyo Institute of Technology, Frontier Research Center, Yokohama 226-8503, Japan
  • 3  Universität Münster, Institut für Anorgansiche und Analytische Chemie, Münster, Deutschland


The basic structural chemistry of superconducting pnictides and pnictide oxides is reviewed. Crystal chemical details of selected compounds and group subgroup schemes are discussed with respect to phase transitions upon charge-density formation, the ordering of vacancies, or the ordered displacements of oxygen atoms. Furthermore, the influences of doping and solid solutions on the valence electron concentration are discussed in order to highlight the structural and electronic flexibility of these materials.

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