Synthesis and structure of a new germanate fluoride: NaCa2GeO4F1

L. F. Schneemeyer, Lila Guterman, T. Siegrist, G. R. Kowach

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We report the synthesis and structural characterization of a new oxoanion halide, NaCa2GeO4F. Crystal data: FW=235.74, Pnma (No. 62), orthorhombic, a=5.362(2), b=7.328(3), c=12.681(4) Å, V=498.3(3) Å3, Z=4, R(F)=0.044, Rw(F)=0.046 for 404 averaged reflections. Compositionally, this material can be viewed as the end-member of the hypothetical solid solution Ca2GeO4·(CaO)1-x·(NaF) x. However, in this unusual oxyfluoride, the fluoride ion orders and fully occupies one anion site. The structure consists of complicated condensed chains of six-coordinated cations centered by fluoride ions and linked by chains of isolated germanium oxide tetrahedra. The structure is best described in terms of the anion packing rather than the packing of cation-centered coordination polyhedra.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-38
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Solid State Chemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001


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