Topological features of the alluaudite-type framework and its derivatives: Synthesis and crystal structure of namnni2(h2/3po4)3

Sergey M. Aksenov, Natalia A. Yamnova, Natalia A. Kabanova, Anatoly S. Volkov, Olga A. Gurbanova, Dina V. Deyneko, Olga V. Dimitrova, Sergey V. Krivovichev

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A new sodium manganese-nickel phosphate of alluaudite supergroup with the general formula NaMnNi2 (H2/3PO4)3 was synthesized by a hydrothermal method. The synthesis was carried out in the temperature range from 540 to 660 K and at the general pressure of 80 atm from the oxides mixture in the molar ratio MnCl2: 2NiCl2: 2Na3PO4: H3BO3: 10H2O. The crystal structure was studied by a single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis: space group C2/c (No. 15), a = 16.8913(4), b = 5.6406(1), c = 8.3591(3) Å, β = 93.919(3), V = 794.57(4) Å3. The compound belongs to the alluaudite structure type based upon a mixed hetero-polyhedral framework formed by MX6-octahedra and TX4-tetrahedra. The characteristic feature of the title compound is the absence of cations or H2O molecules in channel II, while the negative charge of the framework is balanced by the partial protonation of PO4 tetrahedra. The presence of the transition metals at the A-type sites results in the changes of stoichiometry and the local topological features. Topological analysis of the hetero-polyhedral alluaudite-type frameworks and its derivatives (johillerite-, KCd4 (VO4)3-, and keyite-type) and quantitative characterization of their differences was performed by means of natural tilings.

Original languageEnglish
Article number237
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2021

Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Inorganic Chemistry


  • Alluaudite supergroup
  • Crystal chemistry
  • Crystal structure
  • Hetero-polyhedral frameworks
  • Phosphates
  • Stoichiometry
  • Topology
  • Transition metals


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