Electrides: a review
Electrides are systems in which an electron is not bound to an atom and plays an active role in the materials structure. We present concise summaries of the different types of electride in the literature, in which we systematically revisit their history and discuss their unique behaviour. We go on to offer intuitive guidelines for novel electride discovery and suggest advice for the accurate treatment of their physical properties. In the end, we conclude on the common nature of all electrides, with an alternative definition intended to minimise confusion surrounding these materials.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Journal of Materials Chemistry C HOT Papers