Syntheses, Structures, and Properties of Six Novel Alkali Metal Tin Sulfides: K2Sn2S8, α-Rb2Sn2S8, β-Rb2Sn2S8, K2Sn2S5, Cs2Sn2S6, and Cs2SnS14

Ju Hsiou Liao, Constantinos Varotsis, Mercouri G. Kanatzidis*

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Six alkali metal tin polysulfides and one monosulfide, K2Sn2S8 (I), α-Rb2Sn2S8 (II), β-Rb2Sn2S8 (III), K2Sn2S5 (IV), Cs2Sn2S6 (V), and Cs2SnS14 (VI), respectively, were synthesized by a molten salt technique. I and IV were made by heating mixtures of Sn/K2S/S (molar ratio 1/2/8) at 275 and 320 °C, respectively, for 4–6 days. II and III were made by heating mixtures of Sn/Rb2S/S (molar ratio 1/2/12 for II and 1/1/8 for III at 330 and 450 °C, respectively, for 4–6 days. V and VI were made by heating mixtures of Sn/Cs2S/S (molar ratio 1/3/8 for V and 1/2/8–12 for VI at 275 °C for 4–6 days. The crystals form in a K2SX, Rb2Sx, and Cs2Sx flux, respectively. Orange crystals of I crystallize in the monoclinic space group P21/n with a = 9.580(8) Å, b = 10.004(5) Å, c = 14.131(7) Å, β = 107.82(6)°, and Z = 4. Orange crystals of II and III have the same anionic frameworks as I. II crystallizes also in the monoclinic space group P21/n with a = 9.788(3) Å, b = 9.978(3) Å, c = 14.360(2) Å, and β = 106.70(2)°, and Z = 4. III crystallizes in the orthorhombic space group Pbcn with a = 9.987(5) Å, b = 19.635(3) Å, c = 13.747(3) Å, and Z = 8. The yellow-orange IV crystallizes in the monoclinic space group C2/c with a = 11.804(3) Å, b = 7.808(1) Å, c = 11.539(1) Å, β = 108.35(1)°, and Z = 4. The yellow V crystallizes in the triclinic space group P1̄ with a = 7.289(4) Å, b = 7.597(3) Å, c = 6.796(3) Å, α = 114.80(3)°, β = 108.56(4)°, γ = 97.54(4)°, and Z = 1. Red crystals of VI are monoclinic, space group P21/n, with a = 6.964(6) Å, b = 18.66(1) Å, c = 14.80(1) Å, β = 99.39(1)°, and Z = 4. The structures of these six compounds have been determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. IR and Raman spectra for these compounds are reported. I–III have novel two-dimensional structures. Each [Sn2S8]n2n− layer is composed of [Sn2S4]n parallel chains, which contain octahedral SnS6 and tetrahedral SnS4, cross-linked by S42− ligands. Charge-compensating potassium or rubidium cations are found between the layers. IV has the Tl2Sn2S5 structure type and has a three-dimensional structure, with [SnS3]n2n− chains formed by distorted SnS5 trigonal bipyramids sharing two of their common edges with one another. Those chains are then cross-linked by sharing the remaining vertices of the trigonal bipyramids to generate parallel tunnels in which potassium cations are located. The structure of V is closely related to IV. It also comprises [SnS3]n2n− chains which in a different fashion are cross-linked by S22− to form an extended two-dimensional structure. VI contains a molecular [SnS14]2− complex anion with octahedral Sn4+ ligated by two S42− and one S62− chelating ligands. The UV/vis optical properties of I–V are reported. The optical band gaps are 2.15 eV for I–III, 2.36 eV for IV, and 2.44 eV for V.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2453-2462
Number of pages10
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

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  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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