Synthesis, Characterization, and X-Ray Powder Structure of K2ZrGe2O7 Academic Article uri icon


  • A potassium zirconium pyrogermanate, K2ZrGe2O7, was synthesized hydrothermally at 180°C from a mixture of zirconium propionate, GeO2, and KOH. The crystal structure was solved from in-house X-ray powder data by direct methods and Fourier analysis. Refinement of the structure was effected by the Rietveld full-pattern technique. The compound is monoclinic, space group C2/c, a=9.9619(2) Å, b=5.5578(1) Å, c=12.9555(3) Å, β=105.169(1)°, Z=4. The structure is remarkably like that of α-zirconium phosphate. Zr(HPO4)2·H2O, except that the layers are crosslinked by the pyrogermanate group to form a three-dimensional lattice. Exchange of the K+ ions is minimal as they are strongly held within the confines of narrow tunnels. The relationship of this newly synthesized pyrogermanate to a sodium zirconium pyrogermanate prepared hydrothermally at 500°C and Na3H(GeO4)2 is discussed. © 1999 Academic Press.

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  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Pertierra, P., Salvado, M. A., Garcia-Granda, S., Trabajo, C., Garcia, J. R., Bortun, A. I., & Clearfield, A.

citation count

  • 17

publication date

  • November 1999