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Title: Ultra-flexible framework breathing in response to dehydration in liskeardite, [(Al,Fe){sub 16}(AsO{sub 4}){sub 9}(OH){sub 21}(H{sub 2}O){sub 11}]·26H{sub 2}O, a natural open-framework compound

Dehydration of the natural open-framework compound, liskeardite, [(Al,Fe){sub 16}(AsO{sub 4}){sub 9}(OH){sub 21}(H{sub 2}O){sub 11}]·26H{sub 2}O, is accompanied by a change in the sign of the thermal expansion from positive to negative above room temperature, and at ~100 °C the structure undergoes a dramatic 2D contraction by co-operative rotation of heteropolyhedral columns that constitute the framework walls. Monoclinic liskeardite, I112 with a≈b≈24.7 Å, c ≈7.8 Å and β≈90° is transformed to a tetragonal phase, I-4 with a≈20.6 Å, c ≈7.7 Å. The associated 30% decrease in volume is unprecedented in inorganic microporous compounds. The flexibility of the contraction is related to the double-hinged nature of the column rotations about [001]. Octahedra in adjacent columns are interconnected by corner-sharing with the two pairs of anions forming opposing edges of AsO{sub 4} tetrahedra, so a double-hinged rotation mechanism operates. Thermal analysis and mass spectroscopic results for liskeardite show that the phase transition at ~100 °C is related to removal of the channel water. The tetragonal phase shows exceptionally large NTE behaviour. Over the temperature range 148–178 the NTE along a and b is close to linear with a magnitude of the order of −900×10{sup −6} °C{sup −1}. The contraction along the channel directionmore » is smaller but still appreciable at −200×10{sup −6} °C{sup −1}. - Graphical abstract: Structure of the collapsed liskeardite framework, formed on dehydration above 100 °C. - Highlights: • The thermal expansion of the mineral liskeardite changes + to − above ambient. • Dehydration at 100 °C results in a record reversible 30% volume reduction. • In situ synchrotron XRD has led to a structural model for the dehydrated phase. • Framework breathing flexibility is attributed to a double-hinge rotation mechanism. • The dehydrated phase shows unprecedented -ve expansion for inorganic materials.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3] ;  [4]
  1. CSIRO Mineral Resources, Private Bag 10, Clayton South, VIC 3169 (Australia)
  2. Australian Synchrotron, 800 Blackburn Road, Clayton, VIC 3168 (Australia)
  3. Department of Earth Sciences, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD (United Kingdom)
  4. CSIRO Manufacturing, Private Bag 10, Clayton South, VIC 3169 (Australia)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22486730
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Solid State Chemistry; Journal Volume: 228; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2015 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; ALUMINIUM HYDROXIDES; ANIONS; ARSENATES; DEHYDRATION; HYDRATES; IRON HYDROXIDES; MINERALS; MONOCLINIC LATTICES; PHASE TRANSFORMATIONS; REDUCTION; ROTATION; STRUCTURAL MODELS; THERMAL ANALYSIS; THERMAL EXPANSION; X-RAY DIFFRACTION