Substitutional effects on the electrical properties of the purple bronze Li0.9Mo6O17

K. V. Ramanujachary, B. T. Collins, M. Greenblatt, P. McNally, W. H. McCarroll

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Dopant-level substitution of tungsten for molybdenum in Li0.9Mo6-xWxO17 solid solutions is shown to have a large effect on the electrical transport properties, which might be attributed to W interfering with the overlap of t2g 4d Mo and π 2p orbitals forming the conduction band. With increasing concentration of W, the metal-to-metal transition broadens and shifts to higher temperature. At ∼6 at.% W content the material becomes semiconducting. Effects on the electronic properties are much less dramatic by alkali metal substitution in (Na1-xLix)0.9Mo6O17 alloys, since the alkali metals are only indirectly involved in the formation of the band structure. With x = 0, 0.25 and 0.5 the electrical resistivity behaves similar to Na0.9Mo6O17. At x = 0.75 the electrical transport properties are nearly identical to that Li0.9Mo6O17 and the supercond uctivity at 2 K is still observed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-115
Number of pages11
JournalSolid State Ionics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1986
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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