Syntheses, structures, and magnetic properties of Np3S 5 and Np3Se5

Geng Bang Jin, S. Skanthakumar, Richard G. Haire, L. Soderholm*, James A. Ibers

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Black prisms of Np3Q5 (Q = S, Se) have been synthesized by the stoichiometric reactions between Np and Q at 1173 K in a CsCl flux. The structures of these compounds were characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction methods. The Np3Q5 compounds are isostructural with U3Q5. The structure of Np 3Q5 is constructed from layers of Np(1)Q8 distorted bicapped trigonal prisms that share faces with each other on bc planes. Each Np(1 )Q8 layer further shares Q(2) edges with two adjacent identical neighbors to form a three-dimensional framework. The space inside each channel within this framework is filled by one single edge-sharing Np(2)Q7 distorted 7-octahedron chain running along the b axis. Magnetic susceptibility measurements show that Np3S5 and Np3Se5 have antiferromagnetic orderings at 35(1 ) and 36(1) K, respectively. Above the magnetic ordering temperatures, both Np 3S5 and Np3Se5 behave as typical Curie-Weiss paramagnets. The effective moments obtained from the fit of the magnetic data to a modified Curie-Weiss law over the temperature range 70 to 300 K are 2.7(2) μB (Np3S5) and 2.9(2) μB (Np3Se5).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1084-1088
Number of pages5
JournalInorganic chemistry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 7 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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