Direct Solid-State Nucleation and Charge-Transport Dynamics of Alkali Metal-Intercalated M₂Mo₆S₆ (M = K, Rb, Cs) Nanorods

microwave-induced 1-dimensional growth of a compositionally modular pseudo-Chevrel-Phase chalcogenide nanorod framework
Cover image showing microwave-induced 1-dimensional growth of a compositionally modular pseudo-Chevrel-Phase chalcogenide nanorod framework

In a recent publication (Perryman and coworkers, featured on the back cover of Journal of Materials Chemistry C, “Emerging Investigators” themed issue, available in early August 2020) the Velázquez Lab describes for the first time experimental evidence of microwave-induced 1-dimensional growth of a compositionally modular pseudo-Chevrel-Phase chalcogenide nanorod framework. In this unique framework, intercalation of Mo₆S₆ units by a ternary alkali metal species allows for selective propagation of stable surfaces that exhibit composition-dependent interfacial charge-transport dynamics. This work provides insights regarding structure-function correlations that have relevance in energy conversion and storage, and further introduces a promising family of functional materials for electronic and electrochemical devices. 

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