Hydrothermal syntheses and structures of the uranyl tellurates AgUO2(HTeO5) and Pb2UO2(TeO6)
ABSTRACT Two uranyl tellurates, AgUO2(HTeO5) (1) and Pb2UO2(TeO6) (2), were synthesized under hydrothermal conditions and were structurally, chemically, and spectroscopically characterized. 1 crystallizes in space group Pbca, a=7.085(2) Å, b=11.986(3) Å, c=13.913(4) Å, V=1181.5(5) Å3, Z=8; 2 is in P2(1)/c, a=5.742(1) Å, b=7.789(2) Å, c=7.928(2) Å, V=90.703(2) Å3, and Z=2. These are the first structures reported for uranyl compounds containing tellurate. The U6+ cations are present as (UO2)2+ uranyl ions that are coordinated by O atoms to give pentagonal and square bipyramids in compounds 1 and 2, respectively. The structural unit in 1 is a sheet consisting of chains of edge-sharing uranyl pentagonal bipyramids that are one bipyramid wide, linked through the dimers of TeO6 octahedra. In 2, uranyl square bipyramids share each of their equatorial vertices with different TeO6 octahedra, giving a sheet with the autunite-type topology. Sheets in 1 and 2 are connected through the low-valence cations that are located in the interlayer region. The structures of 1 and 2 are compared to those of uranyl compounds containing octahedrally coordinated cations.Graphical abstractTwo hydrothermally synthesized uranyl tellurates, AgUO2(HTeO5) and Pb2UO2(TeO6), contain sheets built from uranyl pentagonal or square bipyramids, as well as tellurate octahedra.Research highlights► Compounds AgUO2(HTeO5) and Pb2UO2(TeO6) are the first uranyl tellurate compounds. ► The structure of AgUO2(HTeO5) consists of sheets of uranyl pentagonal bipyramids and TeO6 octahedra. ► The structure of Pb2UO2(TeO6) contains sheets of TeO6 octahedra and uranyl square bipyramids.