Here we describe preliminary studies into the synthesis structural characterisation and thermal properties of a family of calcium xanthate precursors for application in the deposition of CaS thin films. The straightforward, low-temperature syntheses are detailed along with characterisation of the resulting compounds by 1H and 13C NMR and elemental analysis. Solid state molecular structures of all compounds, obtained from single-crystal X-ray diffraction, are presented and discussed in detail. The decomposition behaviour of the precursors has been probed through TGA, TGA-MS and thermal annealing experiments, indicating that the compounds decompose cleanly into CaS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3962-3969
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Issue number36
Early online date19 Aug 2019
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2019


  • Calcium
  • Chemical vapor deposition
  • Single source precursors
  • Structure elucidation
  • Sulfides

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry


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