About Tellurides

Telluride Ion

Tellurides, are compounds derived from the telluride anion, Te2-. As tellurium is a member of group 16 on the periodic table, it is considered a chalcogen, and telluride compounds belong to a class of compounds known as chalcogenides.

Alkali metal and alkaline earth chalcogenides are typically colorless, water-soluble compounds used primarily as reagents in chemical synthesis. In contrast, transition metal chalcogenides exhibit a more covalent bond character and useful electronic and optical properties, and many are brightly colored. These are the chalcogenides most often used directly as functional materials; they are found as pigments, catalysts, optical materials, phase change materials, solid electrolytes, or semiconductors. The properties of main-group chalcogenides are less generalizable, but like transition metal halides, they exhibit covalent bonding and many have direct applications. Many chalcogenides compounds occur naturally as minerals such as pyrite (iron sulfide) and calaverite (gold telluride).

Notable tellurides include the II-VI compounds zinc telluride, cadmium telluride, and mercury telluride, semiconductors notable for their use in optoelectronic devices. These materials are direct-bandgap binary semiconductors, and can be alloyed to produce ternary compounds with bandgaps tunable by adjusting precise elemental composition. Of these, cadmium telluride deserves special mention, as it is the basis for cadmium telluride (CdTe) photovoltaics, currently the primary non-silicon-based solar cell technology being employed on a grand scale. Additionally, bismuth telluride and lead telluride are semiconductor materials that exhibit the thermoelectric effect, lending them to use in thermoelectric generators, specialized cooling devices, and thermocouples. Recently, many of these telluride compounds have been shown to act as topological insulators--the bulk of the material behaves as an insulator, while the surfaces and edges behave as conductors. This unique property is being intensely studied, and may eventually be exploited to improve the functioning of practical electronic devices such as computers.

Recent Research & Development for Tellurides

Spark Plasma Sintering Effect on Thermoelectric Properties of Nanostructured Bismuth Telluride Synthesized by High Energy Ball Milling., Pundir, Sandeep K., Singh Sukhvir, and Jain Parveen , J Nanosci Nanotechnol, 2020 Jun 01, Volume 20, Issue 6, p.3902-3908, (2020)

Multi-walled carbon-nanotube-decorated tungsten ditelluride nanostars as anode material for lithium-ion batteries., Srinivaas, Masimukku, Wu Cheng-Yu, Duh Jenq-Gong, Hu Yu-Chen, and Wu Jyh Ming , Nanotechnology, 2020 Jan 17, Volume 31, Issue 3, p.035406, (2020)

Thermoelectric Properties of Tin Telluride Quasi Crystal Grown by Vertical Bridgman Method., Chen, Yue-Xing, Li Fu, Li Delong, Zheng Zhuanghao, Luo Jingting, and Fan Ping , Materials (Basel), 2019 Sep 16, Volume 12, Issue 18, (2019)

Effect of Annealing Temperatures on Morphological and Electrical Performances of Amorphous-Like Structured Tin Manganese Telluride Nanocomposite Films., Rupsom, Jeeranun, Vailikhit Veeramol, Teesetsopon Pichanan, and Tubtimtae Auttasit , J Nanosci Nanotechnol, 2019 Sep 01, Volume 19, Issue 9, p.5729-5735, (2019)

Laser Treatment as Sintering Process for Dispenser Printed Bismuth Telluride Based Paste., Greifzu, Moritz, Tkachov Roman, Stepien Lukas, López Elena, Brückner Frank, and Leyens Christoph , Materials (Basel), 2019 Oct 22, Volume 12, Issue 20, (2019)

Predicted high thermoelectric performance in a two-dimensional indium telluride monolayer and its dependence on strain., Li, Min-Shan, Chen Kai-Xuan, Mo Dong-Chuan, and Lyu Shu-Shen , Phys Chem Chem Phys, 2019 Nov 28, Volume 21, Issue 44, p.24695-24701, (2019)

Liquid-Phase Hot Deformation to Enhance Thermoelectric Performance of n-type Bismuth-Telluride-Based Solid Solutions., Wu, Yehao, Yu Yuan, Zhang Qi, Zhu Tiejun, Zhai Renshuang, and Zhao Xinbing , Adv Sci (Weinh), 2019 Nov 06, Volume 6, Issue 21, p.1901702, (2019)

Comparative analysis between myocardial perfusion reserve and maximal ischemia score at single photon emission computed tomography with new-generation cadmium-zinc-telluride cameras., Nudi, Francesco, Biondi-Zoccai Giuseppe, Nudi Alessandro, Neri Giandomenico, Procaccini Enrica, and Schilllaci Orazio , J Nucl Cardiol, 2019 May 31, (2019)

Upper reference limits of transient ischemic dilation ratio for different protocols on new-generation cadmium zinc telluride cameras: A report from REFINE SPECT registry., Hu, Lien-Hsin, Sharir Tali, Miller Robert J. H., Einstein Andrew J., Fish Mathews B., Ruddy Terrence D., Dorbala Sharmila, Di Carli Marcelo, Kaufmann Philipp A., Sinusas Albert J., et al. , J Nucl Cardiol, 2019 May 13, (2019)

Rapid and green synthesis of cadmium telluride quantum dots with low toxicity based on a plant-mediated approach after microwave and ultrasonic assisted extraction: Synthesis, characterization, biological potentials and comparison study., Alvand, Zinab Moradi, Rajabi Hamid Reza, Mirzaei Ali, Masoumiasl Asad, and Sadatfaraji Hamed , Mater Sci Eng C Mater Biol Appl, 2019 May, Volume 98, p.535-544, (2019)

Ovonic threshold switching in polycrystalline zinc telluride thin films deposited by RF sputtering., Kim, Taeho, Kim Youngjae, Lee Ingwan, Lee Dayoon, and Sohn Hyunchul , Nanotechnology, 2019 Mar 29, Volume 30, Issue 13, p.13LT01, (2019)

Silver content dependent thermal conductivity and thermoelectric properties of electrodeposited antimony telluride thin films., Ferrer-Argemi, Laia, Yu Ziqi, Kim Jiwon, Myung Nosang V., Lim Jae-Hong, and Lee Jaeho , Sci Rep, 2019 Jun 25, Volume 9, Issue 1, p.9242, (2019)

Quantification of myocardial flow reserve using a gamma camera with solid-state cadmium-zinc-telluride detectors: Relation to angiographic coronary artery disease., de Souza, Ana Carolina d, Gonçalves Bernardo K. D., Tedeschi Angelo L., and Lima Ronaldo S. L. , J Nucl Cardiol, 2019 Jun 20, (2019)

Three-Dimensional Cadmium Telluride Quantum Dots-DNA Nanoreticulation as a Highly Efficient Electrochemiluminescent Emitter for Ultrasensitive Detection of MicroRNA from Cancer Cells., Sun, Man-Fei, Liu Jia-Li, Chai Ya-Qin, Zhang Jin, Tang Ying, and Yuan Ruo , Anal Chem, 2019 Jun 18, Volume 91, Issue 12, p.7765-7773, (2019)

Passively Q-switched Ytterbium-doped fiber laser based on broadband multilayer Platinum Ditelluride (PtTe) saturable absorber., Cheng, Ping Kwong, Tang Chun Yin, Wang Xin Yu, Ma Sainan, Long Hui, and Tsang Yuen Hong , Sci Rep, 2019 Jul 12, Volume 9, Issue 1, p.10106, (2019)