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Intra- and interchain interactions in (Cu1/2Au1/2)CN, (Ag1/2Au1/2)CN, and (Cu1/3Ag1/3Au1/3)CN and their effect on one-, two-, and three-dimensional order

DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.0c01593 DOI Help

Authors: Simon J. Hibble (University of Oxford) , Ann M. Chippindale (University of Reading) , Mohamed Zbiri (Institut Laue-Langevin) , Nicholas H. Rees (University of Oxford) , Dean S. Keeble (Diamond Light Source) , Heribert Wilhelm (Diamond Light Source) , Stella D'Ambrumenil (Institut Laue-Langevin; University of Reading) , David Seifert (Newcastle University)
Co-authored by industrial partner: No

Type: Journal Paper
Journal: Inorganic Chemistry

State: Published (Approved)
Published: July 2020
Diamond Proposal Number(s): 7288 , 17685

Abstract: Mixed-metal cyanides (Cu1/2Au1/2)CN, (Ag1/2Au1/2)CN, and (Cu1/3Ag1/3Au1/3)CN adopt an AuCN-type structure in which metal-cyanide chains pack on a hexagonal lattice with metal atoms arranged in sheets. The interactions between and within the metal-cyanide chains are investigated using density functional theory (DFT) calculations, 13C solid-state NMR (SSNMR), and X-ray pair distribution function (PDF) measurements. Long-range metal and cyanide order is found within the chains: (−Cu–NC–Au–CN−)∞, (−Ag–NC–Au–CN−)∞, and (−Cu–NC–Ag–NC–Au–CN−)∞. Although Bragg diffraction studies establish that there is no long-range order between chains, X-ray PDF results show that there is local order between chains. In (Cu1/2Au1/2)CN and (Ag1/2Au1/2)CN, there is a preference for unlike metal atoms occurring as nearest neighbors within the metal sheets. A general mathematical proof shows that the maximum average number of heterometallic nearest-neighbor interactions on a hexagonal lattice with two types of metal atoms is four. Calculated energies of periodic structural models show that those with four unlike nearest neighbors are most favorable. Of these, models in space group Immm give the best fits to the X-ray PDF data out to 8 Å, providing good descriptions of the short- and medium-range structures. This result shows that interactions beyond those of nearest neighbors must be considered when determining the structures of these materials. Such interactions are also important in (Cu1/3Ag1/3Au1/3)CN, leading to the adoption of a structure in Pmm2 containing mixed Cu–Au and Ag-only sheets arranged to maximize the numbers of Cu···Au nearest- and next-nearest-neighbor interactions.

Journal Keywords: Chemical structure; Inorganic carbon compounds; Metals; Gold; Layers

Subject Areas: Chemistry

Instruments: I15-1-X-ray Pair Distribution Function (XPDF) , I15-Extreme Conditions

Added On: 03/08/2020 08:58

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Inorganic Chemistry Chemistry

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Diffraction Scattering X-ray Powder Diffraction Pair Distribution Function (PDF)