The synthesis and crystal structure of U7O2Se 12

Matthew D. Ward, James A. Ibers

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The new compound U7O2Se12 was synthesized at 1173 K as a result of both unintentional and intentional oxygen contamination. The composition balances with formal charges of +4, -2, and -2 for U, O, and Se, respectively. U7O2Se12 crystallizes with one formula unit in space group C1 3h-P6̄ of the hexagonal system in a cell of dimensions a = 11.3222(4) Å, c = 4.1362(1) Å. The structure of U7O 2Se12 closely resembles that of the An7Te 12 (An = Th, U) compounds, but contains cavities, in which oxygen atoms are coordinated to three uranium atoms in a trigonal planar arrangement. It is not known if other members of the An7Q12 family (An = Th, U; Q = S, Se, Te) are actually An7O2Q12 compounds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1585-1588
Number of pages4
JournalZeitschrift fur Anorganische und Allgemeine Chemie
Issue number8-9
StatePublished - Jul 2014


  • Crystal structure
  • Oxyselenide
  • Synthesis
  • Uranium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry


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