Metallic Chains / Chains of Metals


  • Michael Springborg, Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, University of Saarland, Germany.
  • Yi Dong, Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, University of Saarland, Germany.

The present book describes a large variety of different types of chain systems (nanowires), including shorter chains that are artificially produced for instance in break-junction experiments, chains synthesized as guests inside the channels of a host crystal, crystalline chain compounds, organic polymers (synthetic metals), and charge-transfer salts, thus covering an unusual wealth of systems. Both experimental and theoretical studies are discussed. Particular emphasis is put on illustrating the special phenomena that occur in such quasi-one-dimensional systems, and how theoretical and experimental efforts have been used in identifying those properties that are specific for truly one-dimensional systems from those of quasi-one-dimensional systems. Moreover, it is shown that metallic chains can be found in a large range of systems, but also that chains of metals not always are metallic.
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Book information

  • Published: November 2006
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-51380-9

Table of Contents

Series Preface
I. Metals and Chains?
II. Single-Particle Properties
III. Many-Body Properties
IV. The Jellium Model
V. Gold Chains - the Prototype?
VI. Chains of Other sd Elements
VII. Chains of sp Elements
VIII. Chains of s Elements
IX. Mixed Systems
X. Crystalline Chain Compounds
XI. Mixed-Valence MX Chain Compounds and Related Systems
XII. Synthetic Metals - Conjugated Polymers
XIII. Charge-Transfer Salts
XIV. Comcluding Remarks