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[Mo5VMo7VIO30(BPO4)2(O3P-Ph)6]5-: A Phenyl-Substituted Molybdenum(V/VI) Boro-Phosphate Polyoxometalate

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posted on 12.02.2003, 00:00 authored by Capucine Sassoye, Kieran Norton, Slavi C. Sevov
The title polyanion is the first hybrid borophosphate−phenylphosphonate polyoxometalate. It was structurally characterized as its imidazolium salt, (C3N2H5)5[Mo12O30(BPO4)2(O3P-Ph)6]·H2O (monoclinic, P21/c, a = 22.120(3) Å, b = 13.042(2) Å, and c = 32.632(4) Å, β = 101.293(3)°), which was synthesized hydrothermally from imidazole, molybdenum oxide and metal, and boric, phosphoric, and phenylphosphonic acids. The anion is the second example of a new class of polyoxometalates that resemble Dawson anions but where the two pole caps of three edge-sharing MoO6 octahedra in the latter are replaced by other units, in this case tetrahedral borate sharing corners with three phenylphosphonic groups, {(OB)(O3P-Ph)3}. The 12 molybdenum atoms forming the two equatorial belts of the cluster are of mixed-valence, five are MoV and seven are MoVI, and the resulting five electrons are delocalized. Four of these electrons are paired according to the temperature dependence of the magnetic susceptibility. The new compound is soluble in a mixture of water and pyridine (in equal volumes) as well as in nitromethane, and the anions are intact in these solutions.