Intracage reactions in sodalites

Mark T. Weller, Gordon Wong, Cathy L. Adamson, Simon M. Dodd, James J. B. Roe

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Sodalites containing thiocyanate [Na(AlSiO) (SCN)·xHO] and nitrite [Na (AlSiO)(NO)· xHO] have been synthesised by precipitation from aluminosilicate solutions at low temperature. Cation-exchange reactions in aqueous solution were undertaken on the thiocyanate material to afford the fully substituted silver and lithium analogues. The mild and low-temperature conditions under which cation exchange occurs contrast markedly with similar, previously described reactions on this family of compounds involving melts and direct reaction between solids at 300-800 °C. These compounds undergo slow intracage oxidation reactions of the anions on heating in air to yield sodalites containing OCN,S, and SO from SCN and NO from NO . The extent and direction of these oxidation reactions depends upon the nature of the cation also present in the cage. The products of these indirect syntheses have been characterised by power X-ray and neutron diffraction, i.r. and u.v.-visible spectroscopy, and thermogravimetric analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)593-597
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society: Dalton Transactions
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1990


Dive into the research topics of 'Intracage reactions in sodalites'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this