AErF 2O 7 (A = Rb, Cs) and HEuP 2O 7·3H 2O: Crystal structures, vibrational studies and thermal behaviours

Rachid Essehli, A. Lamhamdi, A. Tahiri Alaoui, B. El Bali, E. Mejdoubi, M. Lachkar, M. Dusek, K. Fejfarova

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New diphosphates AErP 2O 7, A = Rb (1), Cs (2), and HEuP 2O 7·3H 2O (3) have been prepared via soft chemistry route from evaporation of aqueous solution. Their crystal structures have been solved by single crystal diffraction data. The compounds (1) and (2) crystallize in the monoclinic space group P2 1/c with the following unit cell dimensions: (1) a = 7.7248(4) Å, b = 10.9342(6) Å, c = 8.6716(3) Å, β = 105.434(4)° and Z = 4; (2) a = 7.9192(4) Å, b = 10.8606(4) Å, c = 8.7684(5) Å, β = 104.317(5)° and Z = 4. Compound (3) crystallises in the triclinic space group P - 1, with the unit cell parameters: a = 6.4036(5) Å, b = 6.8753(6) Å, c = 9.7964(8) Å, α = 81.706(7)°, β = 80.218(7)°, γ = 88.381(7)°. Crystal structure of (1) and (2) consists of 3D open framework built from [ErO 6] octahedra sharing corners with [P 2O 7] units, leading to the formation of channels running along c direction in which A + [A = Rb(1), Cs(2)] ions are located. The compound (3), on the other hand, exhibits a lamellar structure, in which edge-sharing polyhedra of eightfold coordinated europium form chains along [010]. These chains are joined in turn to each others using diphosphates bridges. A network of O-H...O hydrogen bonds reinforces the cohesion of the structure of (3). The diphosphate groups in (1), (2) and (3) adopts an eclipsed configuration. IR and Raman spectra of the three new phosphates show usual signals related to the P2O7 diphosphate group and the water molecule. TG and DTA studies were carried out on crystals of (3). The data are correlated to the crystal structures ones.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-485
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Chemical Crystallography
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2012
Externally publishedYes



  • Caesium
  • Crystal structure
  • Diphosphates
  • Erbium
  • Europium
  • IR and Raman
  • Rubidium
  • TG and TDA
  • X-ray diffraction

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  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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