Ag3SnCuP10: [Ag3Sn] tetrahedra embedded between adamantane-type [P10] cages

Stefan Lange, C. Peter Sebastian, Long Zhang, Hellmut Eckert, Tom Nilges

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Ag3SnCuP10 was synthesized from a stoichiometric mixture of copper, silver, tin, and red phosphorus, with SnI4 added as a mineralization agent. Cubic Ag3SnCuP10, space group F43m (No. 216) with lattice parameter a = 10.503(1) Å and Z = 4, consisting of orientationally disordered [Ag3Sn] heteroclusters and adamantane-type [P10] cages, is one example in which structure determination was possible only by the combined use of diffraction and spectroscopic methods. An ideal 4-fold domain twin structure that results for a R3m model, featuring an ordered arrangement of the heteroclusters, cannot be differentiated from the F43m model by diffraction methods alone. After a detailed NMR spectroscopic examination using state of the art solid-state NMR techniques, we found the local environment around the [P10] cages of the F43m model to be the correct description of the Ag3SnCuP 10 structure. A possible Cu/Ag or Ag/Sn disorder in the [Ag 3Sn] heterocluster and within the copper substructure was excluded by Mössbauer spectroscopic investigations and NMR measurements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5878-5885
Number of pages8
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number15
StatePublished - 24 Jul 2006
Externally publishedYes


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