Date of Award

Summer 2023

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


Chemistry and Biochemistry

First Advisor

Hans-Conrad zur Loye


An overarching goal in solid state chemistry is to achieve predictability regarding the synthesis of compounds with desired properties. While this goal is far from being reached, solid state chemists are hard at work synthesizing and characterizing new materials to further our understanding of structure-property relationships, and to expand our fundamental knowledge to rationalize the outcomes of solid-state syntheses. With the advent of new solid state synthetic methods, novel compounds exhibiting exciting properties are still being discovered today. The infancy of these synthetic methods promises a myriad of undiscovered compounds with potentially interesting properties which has resulted in a recent renaissance of research into solid state materials.

Metal chalcogenides are currently among the most important classes of materials based on their structural and compositional diversity. These materials have exhibited many attractive magnetic, electronic, and optical properties placing them in the spotlight for both fundamental studies and industrial applications. Unfortunately, obtaining metal chalcogenides is difficult, especially relative to metal oxides, which has warranted further research into the synthetic pathways utilize to obtain them. This dissertation will expand on research in the solid-state syntheses of metal chalcogenides, pointing out synthetic trends to help rationalize syntheses, tackling persistent synthetic issues barring the synthesis and property measurements of these materials, and carving new synthetic paths to novel and existing metal chalcogenide materials.


© 2023, Logan Skyler Breton

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