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  1. Abstract A new ternary phase, TiIrB, was synthesized by arc-melting of the elements and characterized by powder X-ray diffraction. The compound crystallizes in the orthorhombic Ti 1+ x Rh 2− x + y Ir 3− y B 3 structure type, space group Pbam (no. 55) with the lattice parameters a  = 8.655(2), b  = 15.020(2), and c  = 3.2271(4) Å. Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations were carried out to understand the electronic structure, including a Bader charge analysis. The charge distribution of TiIrB in the Ti 1+ x Rh 2− x + y Ir 3− y B 3 -type phase has been evaluated for the first time, and the results indicate that more electron density is transferred to the boron atoms in the zigzag B 4 units than to isolated boron atoms.
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  3. Abstract

    Whereas electron-phonon scattering relaxes the electron’s momentum in metals, a perpetual exchange of momentum between phonons and electrons may conserve total momentum and lead to a coupled electron-phonon liquid. Such a phase of matter could be a platform for observing electron hydrodynamics. Here we present evidence of an electron-phonon liquid in the transition metal ditetrelide, NbGe2, from three different experiments. First, quantum oscillations reveal an enhanced quasiparticle mass, which is unexpected in NbGe2with weak electron-electron correlations, hence pointing at electron-phonon interactions. Second, resistivity measurements exhibit a discrepancy between the experimental data and standard Fermi liquid calculations. Third, Raman scattering shows anomalous temperature dependences of the phonon linewidths that fit an empirical model based on phonon-electron coupling. We discuss structural factors, such as chiral symmetry, short metallic bonds, and a low-symmetry coordination environment as potential design principles for materials with coupled electron-phonon liquid.

  4. Ternary MAB phases (layered transition metal borides) have recently attracted interest due to their exfoliation potential toward MBenes (analogous to MXenes), which are predicted to have excellent Li-ion battery performance. We have achieved single-phase synthesis of two MAB phases with general composition Ni n+1 ZnB n ( n = 1, 2), the crystal structures of which contain zinc layers sandwiched between thin ( n = 1) and thick ( n = 2) Ni–B slabs. Highly stacked MAB sheets were confirmed by X-ray diffraction and high-resolution scanning electron microscopy for both materials. Exposing Ni n+1 ZnB n to diluted hydrochloric acid led to the creation of crystalline microporous structures for n = 1 and non-porous detached sheets for n = 2. Both morphologies transformed the inactive bulk materials into highly active Li-ion battery anodes with capacities of ∼90 mA h g −1 ( n = 1) and ∼70 mA h g −1 ( n = 2) at a 100 mA g −1 lithiation–delithiation rate. The XPS analysis and BET surface area measurements reveal that the increased surface area and the reversible redox reaction of oxidized nickel species are responsible for this drastic increase of the lithiation–delithiation capacity. This proof of conceptmore »opens new avenues for the development of porous MAB, MAB nanosheets, MBenes and their composites for metal-ion battery applications.« less