Designed synthesis of families of misfit-layered compounds

Qiyin Lin, Colby L. Heideman, Ngoc Nguyen, Paul Zschack, Catalin Chiritescu, David G Cahill, David C. Johnson

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The synthesis of several new families of misfit-layered compounds is demonstrated. These compounds are crystalline along the c-axis and in the ab-plane, but show very short coherence lengths between ab-planes. This disorder leads to ultra-low and tunable thermal conductivity. Annealing isostructural samples under a chalcogen vapour until equilibrium is reached results in reproducible Seebeck and resistivity values.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2382-2385
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Issue number15
StatePublished - May 2008


  • Crystal engineering
  • Incommensurate structure
  • Layered compounds
  • Nanostructure
  • Synthesis design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry


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