Hydrothermal synthesis, characterization and crystal structures of two new zinc( ii ) phosphonates: Zn 2 [(O 3 PCH 2 ) 2 NHCH 2 CO 2 ] and Zn 2 [HO 3 PCH 2 NH(CH 2 PO 3 ) 2 ] Academic Article uri icon


  • The hydrothermal reaction of zinc(II) acetate with N,N-bis(phosphonomethyl)aminoacetic acid [(H2O3PCH2)2NCH2CO 2H, H5L1] and nitrilotris(methylenephosphonic acid) [N(CH2PO3H2)3, H6L2] at 180°C afforded two new zinc coordination polymers with a similar 3D network structure. Zn2[(O3PCH2)2NHCH2CO 2] (complex 1) is hexagonal, P61, with a = 8.0677(12), c = 27.283(6) Å, u = 1537.9(5) Å3, Z = 6. In complex 1, the Zn(II) atoms are tetrahedrally coordinated by three phosphonate oxygen atoms and one carboxylate oxygen atom from four ligands. The ZnO4 tetrahedra are further interconnected through bridging phosphonate and carboxylate groups into a three dimensional network. Zn2[HO3PCH2NH(CH2PO3) 2] (complex 2) is also hexagonal, P61 with a = 8.3553(8), c = 26.657(4) Å, u = 1611.6(3) Å3, Z = 6. The structure of complex 2 features a 3D network built from ZnO4 tetrahedra linked together by bridging phosphonate groups. One zinc and three phosphonate oxygen atoms are disordered. The two zinc atoms in the asymmetric unit are tetrahedrally coordinated by four phosphonate oxygen atoms of four ligands. Each ligand connects with eight zinc atoms. The effect of the extent of deprotonation of phosphonic acids and substitution groups on the type of complexes formed are discussed.

author list (cited authors)

  • Mao, J., Wang, Z., & Clearfield, A.

citation count

  • 47

publication date

  • July 2002