(searched for: doi:10.1127/ejm/2019/0031-2887)
Inorganic Chemistry, Volume 60, pp 11450-11457; https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.inorgchem.1c01459
A novel sodium bismuth oxo-cuprate phosphate chloride, Na6Cu7BiO4(PO4)4[Cl2.23(OH)0.77], containing square-kagomé layers of Cu2+ has been synthesized by hydrothermal techniques. The compound crystallizes in the tetragonal space group P4/nmm, a = 10.0176(4), c = 10.8545(6), Z = 2, V = 1089.3(1) Å3, R1 = 0.021, wR = 0.053, S = 1.32. Its composite crystal structure includes [O4Cu6Bi]7+ layers, which are formed by the clusters of oxygen-centered tetrahedra [OCu3Bi]. These positively charged two periodic fragments are intercalated in a negatively charged [CuNa6Cl3(PO4)4]7– matrix built by Na-centered polyhedra, PO4 tetrahedra, and CuO4Cl pyramids. The composite character of the crystal structure of Na6Cu7BiO4(PO4)4[Cl2.23(OH)0.77], as well as the way of its self-assembly, are discussed in close connection with the sulfohalite Na6ClF(SO4)2 salt. It is shown that the “host–guest” model of the formation of the tetragonal Na6Cu7BiO4(PO4)4[Cl2.23(OH)0.77] phase is due to the group–subgroup symmetry relation with the cubic crystal structure of mineral sulfohalite and is also supported by the crystallization condition in excess sodium chloride. The magnetic subsystem of Na6Cu7BiO4(PO4)4[Cl2.23(OH)0.77] is represented by a dense square-kagomé network of 2Cu1 and 4Cu2 ions, decorated with weakly bonded Cu3 ions. Measurements of magnetization and heat capacity indicate the absence of long-range order up to 2 K, which makes this compound a candidate for a highly demanded spin liquid.