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The crystal structure of PbLu3Nb6Cl15O6,a new oxychloride based on discrete Nb6Cl12O6units

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A new Nb6 oxychloride, PbLu3Nb6Cl15O6, has been synthesized from stoichiometric amounts of PbO, Lu2O3, Nb2O5, NbCl5 and Nb, heated at 680 °C. The crystal structure has been determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction (cubic, Pn[3 with combining macron], a = 13.8327(4) Å, V = 2646.8(1) Å3, Z = 4). The structure consists of a f.c.c. stacking of discrete edge-capped Nb6Cli6Oi6Cla6 units in which six oxygen and six chlorine atoms are ordered on the twelve inner positions, while the six apical ones are occupied by six chlorines. Additional chlorines, which do not belong to the former units, are bonded to the lutetium atoms to form Lu2Cl2 entities that occupy 3/4 of the tetrahedral cavities of the stacking units, while the lead ions are randomly distributed in the 1/4 remaining tetrahedral and in the octahedral cavities. The Nb6Cl12O6 units are connected to each other by both the Lu2Cl2 entities and the lead ions to form a three-dimensional framework. This compound exhibits 14 valence electrons per cluster.

Graphical abstract: The crystal structure of PbLuNbClO, a new oxychloride based on discrete NbClO units

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The article was received on 25 Oct 2000, accepted on 02 Feb 2001 and first published on 06 Mar 2001

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B008609F
Citation: J. Mater. Chem., 2001,11, 1237-1241

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    The crystal structure of PbLu3Nb6Cl15O6, a new oxychloride based on discrete Nb6Cl12O6 units

    F. Gulo, T. Roisnel and C. Perrin, J. Mater. Chem., 2001, 11, 1237
    DOI: 10.1039/B008609F

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