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Hydrothermal routes to new sodium polytungstates

By Mark T. Weller and Kate Victoria Redrup

Abstract

The new acidic sodium polytungstates, Na5[H7W12O42]·20H2O ( 1) and Na2[H10W12O42]·20H2O ( 2), have been synthesised under hydrothermal conditions where variations of pH and temperature allow control of the protonation of the [W12O42]12- cluster in the products. The polytungstate cluster, [HnW12O42](12-n)-, in each compound consists of the well known polyhedral unit based on 12 edge- and corner-sharing WO6 octahedra, though the decoration of this unit with varying levels of protons results in significant changes in the W–O distances. The polytungstate clusters exist in arrays separated by sodium ions and water molecules forming well separated, (polytungstate centre to centre distance of 10.87 Å), rhombohedrally stacked units in 1 and strongly hydrogen bonded and more tightly packed units, (centre to centre distance of 9.34 Å), due to the high H : Na ratio in 2<br/><br/

Topics: QD
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.soton.ac.uk:158747
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