This review by Eklund et al is essentially an extremely comprehensive answer to the question “What are MAX phases?” and an excellent up-to-date overview of MAX phase research.
The article provides background on the phases known, a summary of electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties, synthesis and processing techniques with a comparison of bulk and thin films, and various topics addressing issues like phase stability (and why we can make some MAX phases and not others), defects, polymorphism, and future directions for research as well as applications.
For full text go to the Linköping University & Uppsala University publications page here.
The article reference is:
“The Mn + 1AXn phases: Materials science and thin-film processing”, P. Eklund, M. Beckers, U. Jansson, H. Högberg, & L. Hultman, Thin Solid Films 518, 1851-1878 (2010)
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Overview of the Mn+1AXn Phases
Thin-film processing of MAX phases
Comparison of thin-film and bulk synthesis of MAX phases
Nucleation and growth of MAX phases
Properties of MAX phases
Thermal stability and decomposition