Cobalt phosphonates: an unusual polymeric cobalt phosphonate containing a clathrated phosphonate anion and a layered bisphosphonate. Academic Article uri icon


  • Novel cobalt phosphonates [Co(H(2)O)(4)(H(4)L)][H(2)L].2H(2)O, 1, and Co(2)(H(2)O)(2)(L), 2, have been synthesized from 1,8-octylenediphosphonic acid (H(4)L). 1 has been fully characterized by X-ray single-crystal data, TGA, IR spectroscopy, and chemical analysis. The compound crystallizes in the triclinic space group P1 with a = 5.5415(8) A, b = 8.6382(8) A, c = 16.794 (2) A, alpha = 87.694(2) degrees, beta = 80.859(2) degrees, gamma = 76.005(2) degrees, V = 770.11(19) A(3), and Z = 1. A cobalt atom lies in the center of symmetry and is octahedrally coordinated by two oxygen atoms from two undissociated diphosphonic ligands H(4)L and four molecules of water. The cobalt atom and undissociated ligand H(4)L are combined to form polymeric chains along the c-axis, resulting in the formation of a one-dimensional framework. The positive charge on the cobalt atom remains upon coordination and is balanced by a negatively charged uncoordinated ligand (H(2)L) found as a clathrate in the lattice. Two lattice water molecules, hydrogen-bonded with the coordinated and uncoordinated ligands, complete the structure. The metal phosphonate chains are held together and bridge the uncoordinated anionic ligands by a number of strong hydrogen bonds, which make the structure possible. Cobalt phosphonate 2 has been characterized by TGA measurements, IR spectroscopy, and chemical analysis. The compound has a layered structure with an interlayer spacing of 14.26 A. Metal phosphonate layers are cross-linked by hydrocarbon chains. The water molecules are coordinated to the metal atom. According to IR data, compound 2 contains two equivalent PO bonds and one different PO bond, which may be a result of the different types of Co-O-P connectivity within one phosphonic group.

published proceedings

  • Inorg Chem

author list (cited authors)

  • Bakhmutova, E. V., Ouyang, X., Medvedev, D. G., & Clearfield, A.

citation count

  • 48

complete list of authors

  • Bakhmutova, Ekaterina V||Ouyang, Xiang||Medvedev, Dmitri G||Clearfield, Abraham

publication date

  • November 2003