Crystal structure of GeSnPbSSeTe, a semiconducting entropy-stabilized chalcogenide alloy. The yellow atoms are cations (Ge, Sn, Pb) and the blue atoms are anions (S, Se, Te). The difference in lightness corresponds to different species of the anions and cations. The configurational entropy from the disorder of both the anion and the cation sublattices stabilizes the single-phase rocksalt solid solution, as demonstrated from first-principles calculations as well as experimental synthesis and characterization.
Logan Williams, Emmanouil Kioupakis, and Zihao Deng, Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Michigan