LiEuPSe4 and KEuPSe4: Novel selenophosphates with the tetrahedral [PSe4]3- building block

Jennifer A. Aitken*, Konstantinos Chondroudis, Victor G. Young, Mercouri G. Kanatzidis

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LiEuPSe4, the first quaternary lithium-containing selenophosphate, was synthesized as red polyhedra by reacting Eu with a molten mixture of Li2Se/P2Se5/Se at 750 °C. Similarly, the reaction of Eu with a molten mixture of K2Se/P2Se5/Se at 495 °C produced red polyhedral crystals of KEuPSe4. Both compounds are unstable in moist air. In addition, both compounds were plagued with crystal twinning. Acceptable crystal structure refinements could only be obtained by identifying the type of twinning and taking it into account in the final refinement. LiEuPSe4 crystallizes in the noncentrosymmetric space group Ama2 (no. 40) with a = 10.5592 (9) Å, b = 10.415 (1) Å, c = 6.4924 (7) Å, and Z = 4. The structure is three-dimensional and composed of EuSe8 distorted square antiprisms and PSe4 tetrahedral building blocks that create tunnels, running down the a axis, in which the Li ions reside. The Li ions are in a highly distorted tetrahedral coordination. KEuPSe4 crystallizes in the space group P21/m (no. 11) with a = 6.8469(6) Å, b = 6.9521(6) Å, c = 9.0436(8) Å, β = 107.677(2)°, and Z = 2. The structure has two-dimensional character with layers composed of EuSe6 trigonal prisms and PSe4 tetrahedral units. Between the [EuPSe4](n)(n-) layers the K ions reside in a bicapped trigonal prism of Se atoms. The structure of the [EuPSe4](n)(n-) framework is similar to that found in CsPbPSe4. Both compounds are semiconductors with band gaps of 2.00 and 1.88 eV, respectively. Differential thermal analysis and infrared spectroscopic characterization are also reported.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1525-1533
Number of pages9
JournalInorganic chemistry
Issue number7
StatePublished - Apr 3 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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