Metal-metal bonding and mixed-valent tantalum in La2Ta3S2O8

Theodore D. Brennan*, James A. Ibers

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The compounds La2Ta3S2O8 and La2Nb3S2O8 have been prepared and characterized. From singlecrystal X-ray diffraction measurements, La2Ta3S2O8 crystallizes in space group D122h-Pnnm of the orthorhombic system with four formula units in a cell of dimensions a = 9.876(7), b = 11.768(7), and c = 7.658(5)Å (T = 111 K). The compound is isostructural to a series of oxyselenides Ln2Ta3Se2O8 (Ln = La, Ce, Pr, and Nd) previously reported. The three-dimensional structure is built up from layers of tricapped trigonal-prismatically coordinated La atoms alternating with layers of octahedrally coordinated Ta atoms. One Ta atom is in a distorted octahedral site surrounded by six O atoms and forms edge-sharing dimers with itself. The other Ta atom is in a distorted octahedral environment with two O and four S atoms in its coordination sphere and forms edge-sharing chains with bridging S atoms. The one-electron band structure of La2Ta3S2O8 was calculated from the tight-binding method with an extended Hückel-type Hamiltonian. The band structure calculations support the hypothesis of separate Ta(+4) and Ta(+5) sites in the Ln2Ta3Q2O8 (Q = S and Se) compounds and point to the driving force behind the TaTa pairing that occurs along the octahedral chains. La2Nb3S2O8 has the same structure, as deduced from a comparison of X-ray powder patterns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)82-89
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Solid State Chemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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