Synthesis and Characterization of a new Cyclohexaphosphate, (C₉H₁₄N)₄(H₃O)₂(P₆O₁₈)
The physicochemical properties of a new cyclohexaphosphate, (C₉H₁₄N)₄(H₃O)₂(P₆O₁₈), preparedm by an acid-base reaction between cyclohexaphosphoric acid H₆P₆O₁₈ and 2,4,6-trimethylaniline, are discussed on the basis of X-ray crystal structure investigation. The crystal structure determination reveals that the complete cyclohexaphosphate anion, with chair conformation, is generated by crystallographic inversion symmetry. The asymmetric unit consists of two organic cations, one half-anion and one hydronium cation. The atomic arrangement can be described by thick layers built by P₆O₁₈ anions and H₃O⁺ cations parallel to the (a, b) plane. Each cyclohexaphosphate group is connected to its adjacent neighbors by six hydronium ions through strong O-H...O hydrogen bonds. The protonated amines are located between these successive inorganic layers, in order to balance the negative charge of the inorganic framework by establishing N–H...O hydrogen bonds with the O atoms of the P₆O₁₈ anions. The three-dimensional cohesion is assured by different interactions (electrostatic, H-bonds, van der Waals) established between the various molecular components. This compound is also characterized by infrared spectroscopy and solid state MAS-NMR.
Volume 132, 2020
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