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Ge52− Zintl anions: synthesis and crystal structures of [K([2.2.2]-crypt)]2Ge5·4NH3 and [Rb([2.2.2]-crypt)]2Ge5·4NH3

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Abstract

The new compounds [K(C18H36N2O6)]2Ge5·4NH3 (1) and [Rb(C18H36N2O6)]2Ge5·4NH3 (2) were prepared by the extraction of a binary phase of the nominal composition KGe1.67 and a ternary phase of the composition Rb0.5Cs0.5Ge2.25 with liquid ammonia in the presence of cryptand [2.2.2]. The resulting crystalline materials were characterized by low temperature X-ray structure analysis. Compounds 1 and 2 contain isolated trigonal-bipyramidal Ge52− cage anions, the symmetries of which were investigated and compared to the previously reported pentagermanide anion. Despite the nearly identical formulae, the two compounds are not isotypic, as the space group type changes from the acentric group P1 (no. 1) for the potassium compound to P[1 with combining macron] (no. 2) for the rubidium compound.

Graphical abstract: Ge52− Zintl anions: synthesis and crystal structures of [K([2.2.2]-crypt)]2Ge5·4NH3 and [Rb([2.2.2]-crypt)]2Ge5·4NH3

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Submitted
24 Jul 2006
Accepted
08 Sep 2006
First published
27 Sep 2006

New J. Chem., 2006,30, 1737-1739
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Ge52− Zintl anions: synthesis and crystal structures of [K([2.2.2]-crypt)]2Ge5·4NH3 and [Rb([2.2.2]-crypt)]2Ge5·4NH3

C. Suchentrunk and N. Korber, New J. Chem., 2006, 30, 1737 DOI: 10.1039/B610547E

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