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Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society (BKCS)

ISSN 0253-2964(Print)
ISSN 1229-5949(Online)
Volume 29, Number 12
BKCSDE 29(12)
December 20, 2008 

Ba9Ge3N10: A New Ternary Nitride Containing Isolated Planar
Triangular Anions of [GeN3]5?
Dong Gon Park*, Francis J DiSalvo
Barium germanium nitrides, Metal nitrides, Nitridometallates
A new nitride, Ba9Ge3N10, was obtained as single crystals from constituent elements in molten Na. It crystallizes in space group R-3c (No. 167) with a = 7.9399(2) A, c = 17.282(1) A, and Z = 2. It contains the first example of isolated nitridometallate anions of GeN35? in perfect planar triangular shape. Ge-N bond length is 1.786(8) A, which is significantly shorter than any known Ge-N bonds, ranging from 1.84 A to 1.95 A. Valence bond model suggests partial multiple bonding character of the Ge-N bond, which is the first example of such bonding configuration for Ge-N bond. N-centered polyhedral perspective suggests the structure of Ba9Ge3N10 can be conceived as the cationic framework of [Ba9Ge3N9]3+, whose 1/3 of the octahedral interstitial sites are occupied by N3? anions.
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