Antimony telluride

Antimony telluride
Other names
antimony telluride, antimony(III) telluride, antimony telluride, diantimony tritelluride
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Molar mass 626.32 g·mol−1
Appearance grey solid
Density 6.50 g cm−3[1]
Melting point 580 °C (1,076 °F; 853 K)[1]
US health exposure limits (NIOSH):
PEL (Permissible)
TWA 0.5 mg/m3 (as Sb)[2]
REL (Recommended)
TWA 0.5 mg/m3 (as Sb)[2]
Related compounds
Other anions
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Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Antimony telluride is an inorganic compound with the chemical formula Sb2Te3. It is a grey, crystalline solid, although its melting point, density and colour may depend on the crystalline form it adopts.


Antimony telluride can be formed by the reaction of antimony with tellurium at 500–900 °C.[1]

2Sb(l) + 3Te(l) → Sb2Te3(l)


Like other binary chalcogenides of antimony and bismuth, Sb2Te3 has been investigated for its semiconductor properties. It can be transformed into both n-type and p-type semiconductors by doping with an appropriate dopant.[1]

Sb2Te3 forms the pseudobinary intermetallic system germanium-antimony-tellurium with germanium telluride, GeTe.[3]

Like bismuth telluride, Bi2Te3, antimony telluride has a large thermoelectric effect and is therefore used in solid state refrigerators.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Greenwood, Norman N.; Earnshaw, Alan (1997). Chemistry of the Elements (2nd ed.). Butterworth-Heinemann. pp. 581–582. ISBN 0-08-037941-9.
  2. 1 2 "NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards #0036". National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
  3. Wełnic, Wojciech; Wuttig, Matthias (2008). "Reversible switching in phase-change materials". Materials Today. 11 (6): 20–27. doi:10.1016/S1369-7021(08)70118-4.
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