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Superatomic solids

Intercalation without altercation

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Building materials with clusters instead of atoms promises unconventional properties, but those 'superatomic solids' are often too fragile to manipulate. Now, intercalating a guest within an ionic layered solid made of fullerenes and metal chalcogenide clusters greatly alters its conductivity and optical properties without disrupting its crystalline structure.

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Figure 1: Overview of the structural and electronic features of the intercalation of TCNE guests within the {Co6Te8}(C60)3 layered material.

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  • 11 December 2017

    In the News & Views 'Superatomic solids: Intercalation without altercation', in Fig. 1, the crystal structures in panels b and c had been erroneously swapped, this has been corrected after print 11 December 2017.


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Khanna, S., Reber, A. Intercalation without altercation. Nature Chem 9, 1151–1152 (2017).

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