Separated reactant metathesis methods using ternary oxide precursors and yttrium chalcogenides have been used to prepare powders and crystals of alkali metal niobium dichalcogenides, AyNbX2 (X = S, Se). The structure of Na0.5NbSe2 has been solved unambiguously for the first time from single crystal X-ray data (hexagonal space group P63/mmc (no. 194), a = 3.4762(7), c = 15.342(2) Å, U = 160.55(5) Å3, Z = 2). Similarly, the structure of Na0.5NbS2 has also been determined (hexagonal space group P63/mmc, a = 3.3533(4), c = 14.547(3) Å, U = 141.66(4) Å3, Z = 2). Products have been characterised further by powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray analysis. Magnetic measurements describe temperature-independent paramagnetic behaviour for both dichalcogenides, with no superconducting transitions above 1.8 K.
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- Materials Chemistry