Single crystals of Np2Se5 have been prepared through the reactions of Np and Se at 1223 K in an Sb2Se3 flux. The structure of Np2Se5, which has been characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction methods, crystallizes in the tetragonal space group P42/nmc. The crystallographic unit cell includes one unique Np and two Se positions. Se(1) atoms form one-dimensional infinite chains along the a and b axes with alternating intermediate Se-Se distances of 2.6489 (8) and 2.7999 (8) Å, whereas Se(2) is a discrete Se2- anion. Each Np is coordinated to 10 Se atoms and every NpSe10 polyhedron shares faces, edges, or vertices with 14 other identical metal polyhedra to form a complex three-dimensional structure. Np LIII-edge X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure (XANES) measurements show a clear shift in edge position to higher energies for Np2Se5 compared to Np 3Se5 (Np3+2Np4+Se 2-5). Magnetic susceptibility measurements indicate that Np2Se5 undergoes a ferromagnetic-type ordering below 18(1) K. Above the transition temperature, Np2Se5 behaves as a paramagnet with an effective moment of 1.98(5) μB/Np, given by a best fit of susceptibilities to a modified Curie-Weiss law over the temperature range 50-320 K.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry