Tin telluride

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Tin telluride[1]
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CAS number 12040-02-7 YesY
PubChem 6432000
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Molecular formula SnTe
Molar mass 246.31 g/mol
Appearance gray cubic crystals
Density 6.445 g/cm3 [2]
Melting point 790 °C (1,450 °F; 1,060 K)
Electron mobility 500 cm2 V−1 s−1
Crystal structure Halite (cubic), cF8
Space group Fm3m, No. 225
Lattice constant a = 0.63 nm
Octahedral (Sn2+)
Octahedral (Se2−)
heat capacity
185 J K−1 kg−1
EU Index Not listed
Related compounds
Other anions Tin(II) oxide
Tin(II) sulfide
Tin selenide
Other cations Carbon monotelluride
Silicon monotelluride
Germanium telluride
Lead telluride
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)
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Tin telluride is a compound of tin and tellurium (SnTe); it is a semi-metal. It is often alloyed with lead to make lead tin telluride, which is used as an infrared detector material.

Tin telluride normally forms p-type due to tin vacancies and is a low temperature superconductor. [3]

Tin telluride is a thermoelectric material. Theoretical studies imply that the n-type performance may be particularly good. [4]


  1. ^ Lide, David R. (1998), Handbook of Chemistry and Physics (87 ed.), Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, pp. 4–90, ISBN 0-8493-0594-2 
  2. ^ Beattie, A. G., J. Appl. Phys., 40, 4818–4821, 1969.
  3. ^ Hein, R.; Meijer, P. (1969). "Critical Magnetic Fields of Superconducting SnTe". Physical Review 179 (2): 497. Bibcode:1969PhRv..179..497H. doi:10.1103/PhysRev.179.497.  edit
  4. ^ Singh, D. J. (2010). "THERMOPOWER OF SnTe FROM BOLTZMANN TRANSPORT CALCULATIONS". Functional Materials Letters 03 (4): 223. doi:10.1142/S1793604710001299.  edit

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