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Advanced materials (Deerfield Beach, Fla.)

Inorganic Double Helices in Semiconducting SnIP.


PMID 27624093

Abstract

SnIP is the first atomic-scale double helical semiconductor featuring a 1.86 eV bandgap, high structural and mechanical flexibility, and reasonable thermal stability up to 600 K. It is accessible on a gram scale and consists of a racemic mixture of right- and left-handed double helices composed by [SnI] and [P] helices. SnIP nanorods <20 nm in diameter can be accessed mechanically and chemically within minutes.