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Chemical equilibria in the UO22+-H2O2-F-/OH(-)systems and possible solution precursors for the formation of [Na-6(OH2)(8)]@[UO2(O-2) F](24)(18-)and [Na-6(OH2)(8)]@ [UO2(O-2) OH](24)(18-)clusters
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry, Applied Physical Chemistry.
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemistry. (Oorganisk kemi/L Kloo)
2013 (English)In: Dalton Transactions, ISSN 1477-9226, E-ISSN 1477-9234, Vol. 42, no 28, 10129-10137 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The focus of this study is on the relationship between uranyl(VI) poly-peroxo clusters in the solid state and their possible precursors in solution. For this purpose, the complex formation in the ternary U(VI)-H2O2-F-system has been studied by potentiometric titrations, measuring p[H+] and p[F-], revealing that significant amounts of ternary uranyl(VI)-peroxide-fluoride complexes are formed. Based on the analysis of these data we find that there are two models consistent with structure data and previous speciation in the uranyl(VI)peroxide- carbonate system (Dalton. Trans., 2012, 41, 11635-11641). One model contains ternary complexes (UO2)(4)(O-2)(4)F- and (UO2)(4)(O-2)(4)F-2(2-) and the other (UO2)(4)(O-2) (F-)(4) and (UO2)(5)(O-2)(5)F-3(3-); we have chosen the second model as the one most consistent with available information. We suggest that (UO2)(4)(O-2)(4)(F-) is a building block in the U-24 cluster, [Na-6(OH2)(8)]@[UO2(O-2)F](24)(18-) identified in a single-crystal X-ray diffraction study of the solid phase that slowly precipitates from the slightly acidic test solutions. At p[H+] approximate to 9.5, a new solid phase is formed that contains the cluster [Na-6(OH2)(8)]@[UO2(O-2)OH](24)(18-), also identified from an X-ray structure. Both structures contain. 2-. 2 bridging peroxide and. 2 bridging fluoride or hydroxide ions, respectively. As fluoride bridges are unknown in solution coordination chemistry, it is unlikely that the U-24 fluoride cluster is formed in solution. We suggest that both the solid state fluoride and hydroxide clusters are formed in the crystallization from smaller precursors identified in solution. The study illustrates the importance of accurate control of the solution chemistry when preparing poly-peroxo-metallate clusters and also that the mechanism of their formation is still an open field of research.

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2013. Vol. 42, no 28, 10129-10137 p.
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Peroxide, Clusters
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Chemical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-125779DOI: 10.1039/c3dt50837dISI: 000320874600011ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84886256921OAI: diva2:640790

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