RbAuUSe3, CsAuUSe3, RbAuUTe3, and CsAuUTe3: Syntheses and structure; magnetic properties of RbAuUSe3

Daniel E. Bugaris, James A. Ibers*

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The compounds RbAuUSe3, CsAuUSe3, and RbAuUTe3 were synthesized at 1073 K from the reactions of U, Au, Q, and A2Q3 (A=Rb or Cs; Q=Se or Te). The compound CsAuUTe3 was synthesized at 1173 K from the reaction of U, Au, Te, and CsCl as a flux. These isostructural compounds crystallize in the KCuZrS3 structure type in space group Cmcm of the orthorhombic system. The structure consists of 2 [AuU Q3-] layers that contain nearly regular UQ6 octahedra and distorted AuQ4 tetrahedra. The infinite layers are separated by bicapped trigonal prismatic A cations. The magnetic behavior of RbAuUSe3 deviates significantly from Curie-Weiss behavior at low temperatures. For T>200 K, the values of the Curie constant C and the Weiss constant θp are 1.82(9) emu K mol-1 and -3.5(2)×102 K, respectively. The effective magnetic moment μeff is 3.81(9) μB. Formal oxidation states of A/Au/U/Q may be assigned as +1/+1/+4/-2, respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2587-2590
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Solid State Chemistry
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2009


  • Crystal structure
  • Gold
  • Magnetism
  • Solid-state quaternary chalcogenide
  • Synthesis
  • Uranium

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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