K5(UO2)2[Si4O 12(OH)]: A uranyl silicate containing chains of four silicate tetrahedra linked by SiO⋯HOSi hydrogen bonds

Chih Shan Chen, Hsien Ming Kao, Kwang Hwa Lii

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Abstract

A new uranium(VI) silicate, K5(UO2) 2[Si4O12(OH)], has been synthesized by a high-temperature, high-pressure hydrothermal method. It crystallizes in the orthorhombic space group Pbcm (No. 57) with a = 13.1274(7) Å, b = 12.2635(7) Å, c = 22.233(1) Å, and Z = 8. Its structure consists of unbranched chains of four silicate tetrahedra extending along the b axis linked together via corner-sharing by UO6 tetragonal bipyramids to form a 3-D framework, which delimits intersecting channels along the c and b axes to accommodate K+ cations. A hydrogen atom is bonded to a terminal oxygen of a terminal silicate in the oligosilicate anion. Adjacent chains are linked along the b axis by hydrogen bonds. The sample shows a resonance at 14.7 ppm in the 1H MAS NMR spectrum, which is assigned to the SiO⋯HOSi hydrogen bond. A comparison of uranyl silicate structures is made.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)935-940
Number of pages6
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Volume44
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 21 Feb 2005

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