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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2015, Article ID 495131, 11 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/495131
Review Article

Electronic Properties of Antiperovskite Materials from State-of-the-Art Density Functional Theory

1Center for Computational Materials Science, University of Malakand, Chakdara, Pakistan
2Department of Physics, University of Malakand, Chakdara, Pakistan
3Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Isfahan (UI), Hezar Gerib Avenue, Isfahan 81746-73441, Iran
4Department of Chemistry, University of Malakand, Chakdara, Pakistan

Received 1 January 2015; Revised 2 February 2015; Accepted 2 February 2015

Academic Editor: Theocharis C. Stamatatos

Copyright © 2015 M. Bilal et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

We present a review on the research developments on the theoretical electronic properties of the antiperovskite materials. The antiperovskite materials have perovskite type structure with the positions of cations and anions interchanged. The electronic structures are used to explain different physical properties of materials; therefore it is crucial to understand band structures and densities of states of materials for their effective use in technology. The theoretical results of the electronic structure of antiperovskites were discussed and compared with the available experimental results to measure the accuracy of the research done so far on these materials. The important physical properties of these compounds like magnetic properties and superconductivity are also highlighted. Nevertheless the thermoelectric properties of these materials are still unexplored except for a few reports which suggest that antiperovskite materials may be potential candidates for thermoelectric generators.