A Generalized Crystallographic Description of All Tellurium Nanostructures

Min Seok Kim, Xing Hua Ma, Ki Hyun Cho, Seung Yeol Jeon, Kahyun Hur, Yun Mo Sung

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Despite tellurium being less abundant in the Earth's crust than gold, platinum, or rare-earth elements, the number of industrial applications of tellurium has rapidly increased in recent years. However, to date, many properties of tellurium and its associated compounds remain unknown. For example, formation mechanisms of many tellurium nanostructures synthesized so far have not yet been verified, and it is unclear why tellurium can readily transform to other compounds like silver telluride by simply mixing with solutions containing silver ions. This uncertainty appears to be due to previous misunderstandings about the tellurium structure. Here, a new approach to the tellurium structure via synthesized structures is proposed. It is found that the proposed approach applies not only to these structures but to all other tellurium nanostructures. Moreover, some unique tellurium nanostructures whose formation mechanism are, until now, unconfirmed can be explained.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1702701
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Feb 8

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Korea (Grant Nos. NRF-2016R1E1A1A01942834, NRF-2016M3D1A1021142, and NRF-2014M3C1A3054143) and the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (Grant No. 2E26130).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim


  • chalcogens
  • crystallographics
  • tellurium nanostructures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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