Semiclathrates of the Ge-P-Te system: Synthesis and crystal structures

Maria A. Kirsanova, Liudmila N. Reshetova, Andrei V. Olenev, Artem M. Abakumov, Andrei V. Shevelkov

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Novel compounds [Ge46-xPx]Tey (13.9≤15.6, 5.92≤7.75) with clathrate-like structures have been prepared and structurally characterized. They crystallize in the space group Fm$\bar 3$ with the unit cell parameter changing from 20.544(2) to 20.698(2) Å (Z=8) on going from x=13.9 to x=15.6. Their crystal structure is composed of a covalently bonded Geï P framework that hosts tellurium atoms in the guest positions and can be viewed as a peculiar variant of the type I clathrate superstructure. In contrast to the conventional type I clathrates, [Ge46-xPx]Tey contain tricoordinated (3b) atoms and no vacancies in the framework positions. As a consequence of the transformation of the framework, the majority of the guest tellurium atoms form a single covalent bond with the host framework and thus the title compounds are the first representative of semiclathrates with covalent bonding. A comparison is made with silicon clathrates and the evolution of the crystal structure upon changing the tellurium content is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5719-5726
Number of pages8
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 9 May 2011


  • cage compounds
  • clathrates
  • germanium
  • tellurium
  • X-ray diffraction


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