ABSTRACT: The structure of the title compound, NaK(5)Ni(5)(P(2)O(7))(4), is characterized by the presence of two crystallographically independent P(2)O(7) groups with different conformations. The conformation of the first P(2)O(7) group is eclipsed, whereas that of the second is staggered. All atoms are in general positions except for two nickel and one potassium ions which lie on symmetry centers. Moreover, the structure exhibits disorder of the cationic sites with one general position fully occupied equally by Na(+) and Ni(2+) cations. This mixed site is surrounded by five O atoms forming a square-based pyramid. The crystal structure consists of edge-sharing [NiO(6)] octa-hedra forming infinite zigzag chains [Ni(3)O(14)] running parallel to . Adjacent chains are connected through apices to P(2)O(7) groups and to another [NiO(6)] or to a [KO(6)] octa-hedron. The resulting three-dimensional framework presents inter-secting tunnels running along the  and  directions in which the seven- and nine-coordinated potassium cations are located. The crystal structure of this new phosphate represents a new structural type.
Acta Crystallographica Section E Structure Reports Online 06/2012; 68(Pt 6):i43. · 0.35 Impact Factor