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Synthesis and Characterization of Transition-Metal Zintl Phases:  Cs24Nb2In12As18 and Cs13Nb2In6As10 with Isolated Complex Anions

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posted on 2003-12-15, 00:00 authored by Franck Gascoin, Slavi C. Sevov
The title compounds were prepared by direct reaction of the corresponding elements at high temperature. Their structures were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction (Cs24Nb2In12As18, triclinic, P1̄, Z = 1, a = 9.519(4), b = 9.540(5), and c = 25.16(1) Å, α = 86.87(4), β = 87.20(4), and γ = 63.81(4)°; Cs13Nb2In6As10, triclinic, P1̄, Z = 1, a = 9.5564(5), b = 9.6288(5), and c = 13.9071(7) Å, α = 83.7911(8), β = 80.2973(8), and γ = 64.9796(8)°). Cs24Nb2In12As18 and Cs13Nb2In6As10 contain isolated anions of [Nb2In12As18]24- and [Nb2In6As10]13-, respectively. Each anion includes two cubane-like units made of one niobium, three indium, and four arsenic corners where a fifth arsenic atom completes the tetrahedral coordination at niobium, [(NbAs)In3As4]. In Cs13Nb2In6As10 these two units are connected via a direct In−In bond between two indium vertexes of the cubanes. In Cs24Nb2In12As18, on the other hand, the same two units are linked by a dimer made of semicubanes of [In3As4], i.e., a cubane with one missing vertex. Magnetic measurements show that Cs24Nb2In12As18 is diamagnetic, i.e., a d0 transition-metal Zintl phase, while Cs13Nb2In6As10 exhibits a Curie−Weiss behavior that corresponds to one unpaired electron.

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