Syntheses and crystal structures of the quaternary thiogermanates Cu4FeGe2S7 and Cu4CoGe2S7
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Craig, A. J., Stoyko, S. S., Bonnoni, A., & Aitken, J. A. (2020). Syntheses and crystal structures of the quaternary thiogermanates Cu4FeGe2S7 and Cu4CoGe2S7. Acta Crystallographica Section E: Crystallographic Communications, 76(7), 1117–1121. https://doi.org/10.1107/S2056989020007872
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© 2020. The quaternary thiogermanates Cu4FeGe2S7 (tetracopper iron digermanium heptasulfide) and Cu4CoGe2S7 (tetracopper cobalt digermanium heptasulfide) were prepared in evacuated fused-silica ampoules via high-temperature, solid-state synthesis using stoichiometric amounts of the elements at 1273K. These isostructural compounds crystallize in the Cu4NiSi2S7 structure type, which can be considered as a superstructure of cubic diamond or sphalerite. The monovalent (Cu+), divalent (Fe2+ or Co2+) and tetravalent (Ge4+) cations adopt tetrahedral geometries, each being surrounded by four S2- anions. The divalent cation and one of the sulfide ions lie on crystallographic twofold axes. These tetrahedra share corners to create a three-dimensional framework structure. All of the tetrahedra align along the same crystallographic direction, rendering the structure non-centrosymmetric and polar (space group C2). Analysis of X-ray powder diffraction data revealed that the structures are the major phase of the reaction products. Thermal analysis indicated relatively high melting temperatures, near 1273K.
Craig, A., Stoyko, S., Bonnoni, A., & Aitken, J. (2020). Syntheses and crystal structures of the quaternary thiogermanates Cu4FeGe2S7 and Cu4CoGe2S7. Acta Crystallographica Section E: Crystallographic Communications. https://doi.org/10.1107/S2056989020007872