Single crystals of a new complex phosphate, calcium sodium vanadium phosphate, Ca8.42Na1.16V(PO4)7, have been grown from a melt under an inert atmosphere. The crystal structure has rhombohedral (R3c) symmetry and belongs to the whitlockite structure type. Vanadium(III) ions occupy nearly regular octahedral sites (M5 with 3 point symmetry), which share corners with six PO4 tetrahedra to form isolated units. The calcium ions occupy eight- and nine-coordinated sites. The sodium ions partially occupy one octahedral position and share one nine-coordinated position with a Ca atom.
|Journal||Acta Crystallographica Section C: Crystal Structure Communications|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2006|