Synthesis and characterization of three novel cation-containing (NH4+/C3H7 NH3+/NH3+ C2H4NH3+) aluminum diphosphonates

Martin Attfield, Howard G. Harvey, Simon J. Teat, Chiu C. Tang, Lachlan M. Cranswick, Martin P. Atffield

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


    Three new aluminum diphosphonates (C3H7NH3){AlF[(HO)O2 PC2H4PO3]} (1) (orthorhombic, Pnma, a = 8.2048(1) Å, b = 6.90056(6) Å, c = 19.6598(4) Å, Z = 4), (H3NC2H4NH3)[Al(OH) (O3PC2H4PO3)] (2) (monoclinic, P21/n, a = 11.142(3), Å, b = 7.008(2) Å, c = 12.903(5) Å, β = 96.24(7)°, Z = 4), and (NH4)2[AlF(O3PCH2PO3)] (3) (orthorhombic, Cmcm, a = 16.592(2) Å, b = 7.5106(9) Å, c = 7.0021(9), Å, Z = 4) have been synthesized by solvothermal methods in the presence of linear organic ammonium cations (for 1 and 2) and ammonium cations (for 3) and their structures determined using powder, microcrystal, and single-crystal X-ray diffraction data, respectively. All three materials contain a similar one-dimensional chain motif which is related to that found in the mineral Tancoite. This chain motif consists of corner-sharing octahedra (AlO4F2 for 1 and 3 and AlO6 for 2) linked together through the bridging CPO3 tetrahedra of the diphosphonate groups. These chains are unusual in that each diphosphonate moiety acts as a bisbidentate ligand that is coordinated to the same two metal centers through both of the O3PC-groups of the diphosphonate ligand. The arrangement of the Tancoite-like chains and charge compensation cations in the structures of compounds 1-3 is seen to be dependent upon the nature of the diphosphonic acid and organoammonium/ammonium cations. Careful selection of these two components may provide a method to design future materials in this system.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2428-2439
    Number of pages11
    JournalInorganic Chemistry: including bioinorganic chemistry
    Issue number7
    Publication statusPublished - 7 Apr 2003


    • Crystal structure; Hydrogen bond; Molecular structure (of aluminum propylammonium and ethylenediammonium ethylenediphosphonates and ammonium methylenediphosphonate with 1-dimensional Tancoite-like chains)


    Dive into the research topics of 'Synthesis and characterization of three novel cation-containing (NH4+/C3H7 NH3+/NH3+ C2H4NH3+) aluminum diphosphonates'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this