New sodalite frameworks; synthetic tugtupite and a beryllosilicate framework with a 3 ∶ 1 Si ∶ Be ratio

J. A. Armstrong, M. T. Weller

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Abstract

Compounds of the formula Na[SiBe AlO]X, with X = Cl and Br, and y = 1, 2 and 3 have been synthesised and structurally characterised by combined powder X-ray and neutron diffraction profile analysis. These materials adopt the sodalite framework (SOD) with the tetrahedral species, BeO , AlO and SiO, disordered across the framework positions. Na[SiBeAl O]Cl, (y = 2), is a synthetic analogue of the naturally occurring semi-precious gemstone tugtupite, while Na [SiBeO]X, X = Cl and Br represents a new tetrahedral framework stoichiometry with a Si Be ratio of 3 1. Additional characterisation using Si MASNMR, IR spectroscopy and high-temperature, neutron diffraction show that the observed structure-property trends found when modelling sodalite materials can be extended to these new framework compositions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2998-3005
JournalDalton Transactions
Volume2006
Issue number24
Early online date16 Mar 2006
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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