[pyH]2[Cu(py)4(MX6)2] (MX6 = ZrF62- , NbOF52- , MoO2F42- ; py = Pyridine): Rarely Observed Ordering of Metal Oxide Fiuoride Anions

Kevin R. Heier, Alexander J. Norquist, Christopher G. Wilson, Charlotte L. Stern, Kenneth R. Poeppelmeier*

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Single crystals of [pyH]2[Cu(py)4(MX6)2] (MX6 = ZrF62-, MoO2F42-; py = pyridine), analogous to those of the previously reported [pyH]2[Cu(py)4(NbOF5)2], were synthesized by reaction of the metal oxides in (HF)x·pyridine/ pyridine/water solutions (150 °C, autogeneous pressure). The NbOF52- and MoO2F42- anions generally crystallize with orientational disorder masking the true coordination geometry. The combination of the two different and strongly coordinating cations tetrakis(pyridine)copper(II) and pyridinium causes the anions to adopt regular and ordered orientations. Crystal data: for [pyH]2[Cu(py)4(ZrF6)2], tetragonal, space group I4/mmm (No. 139), with a = 11.047(1) Å, c = 16.763(3) Å, and Z = 2; for [pyH]2[Cu(py)4(MoO2F4):]. monoclinic, space group C2/c (No. 15), with a = 19.195(4) Å, b = 11.316(3) Å, c = 18.920(5) Å, β= 107.68(2)°, and Z = 4.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)76-80
Number of pages5
JournalInorganic chemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 12 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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