Structure Determination of a Complex Tubular Uranyl Phenylphosphonate, (UO2)3(HO3PC6H5) 2(O3PC6H5)2H 2O, from Conventional X-ray Powder Diffraction Data Academic Article uri icon


  • The three-dimensional structure of a complex tubular uranyl phosphonate, (UO2)3(HO3PC6H5) 2(O3PC6H5)2H 2O, was determined ab initio from laboratory X-ray powder diffraction data and refined by the Rietveld method. The crystals belong to the space group P212121, with a = 17.1966(2) , b = 7.2125(2) , c = 27.8282(4) , and Z = 4. The structure consists of three independent uranium atoms, among which two are seven-coordinated and the third is eight-coordinated. These metal atoms are connected by four different phosphonate groups to form a one-dimensional channel structure along the b axis. The phenyl groups are arranged on the outer periphery of the channels, and their stacking forces keep the channels intact in the lattice. The determination of this structure which contains 50 non-hydrogen atoms in the asymmetric unit, from conventional X-ray powder data, represents significant progress in the application of powder techniques to structure solution of complex inorganic compounds, including organometallic compounds.

published proceedings

  • Inorganic Chemistry

author list (cited authors)

  • Poojary, D. M., Cabeza, A., Aranda, M., Bruque, S., & Clearfield, A.

complete list of authors

  • Poojary, DM||Cabeza, A||Aranda, MAG||Bruque, S||Clearfield, A

publication date

  • December 1996