Syntheses and Crystal Structures of a Linear-Chain Uranyl Phenylphosphinate UO(2)(O(2)PHC(6)H(5))(2) and Layered Uranyl Methylphosphonate UO(2)(O(3)PCH(3)). Academic Article uri icon


  • Two extended uranyl organophosphorus compounds have been synthesized and structurally characterized. Linear-chain uranyl bis(phenylphosphinate), UO(2)(O(2)PHC(6)H(5))(2), was synthesized at 60 degrees C, and its structure was solved by single-crystal methods. UO(2)(O(2)PHC(6)H(5))(2) crystallizes in the triclinic space group P&onemacr; with unit cell parameters a = 5.648(1) , b = 8.115(2) , c = 9.171(2) , alpha = 64.97(3) degrees, beta = 80.59(3) degrees, gamma = 83.34(3) degrees, and Z = 1. The geometry of the uranium atom is tetragonal bipyramidal, and the neighboring uranyl ions are bridged by pairs of phenylphosphinate anions. The phenyl groups form two rows pointing in opposite directions of each chain, and neighboring chains arrange in a staircase fashion. Layered uranyl methylphosphonate, UO(2)(O(3)PCH(3)) (UPMe), was synthesized hydrothermally at 200 degrees C, and its structure was solved by powder pattern X-ray methods and refined by the Rietveld method. UPMe crystallizes in space group P&onemacr; with unit cell parameters a = 6.4027(3) , b = 6.6912(3) , c = 7.0983(3) , alpha = 90.473(2) degrees, beta = 99.684(2) degrees, gamma = 97.333(2) degrees, and Z = 2. The uranyl ions, connected by the phosphonate anions, form parallel inorganic layers, and the methyl groups point perpendicularly between the layers.

published proceedings

  • Inorg Chem

author list (cited authors)

  • Grohol, D., Gingl, F., & Clearfield, A.

citation count

  • 64

complete list of authors

  • Grohol, Daniel||Gingl, Franz||Clearfield, Abraham

publication date

  • February 1999