The structure of the decavanadate ion V10O286- has been found by a determination of the crystal structure of K2Zn2V10O28?? 16H2O. The soluble, orange crystals are triclinic with space group P1 and have a unit cell with a = 10.778 A, b = 11.146 A, c = 8.774 A, ?? = 104?? 57???, ?? = 109?? 3???', and ?? = 65?? 0??? (Z = 1). The structure was solved from a three-dimensional Patterson map based on 5143 Weissenberg-film data. The full-matrix, least-squares refinement gave R = 0.094 and ?? for V-O bond lengths of 0.008 A. The unit cell contains one V10O286- unit, two Zn(H2O)62+ groups, two K+ ions, and four additional water molecules. The decavanadate ion is an isolated group of ten condensed VO6 octahedra, six in a rectangular 2 x 3 array sharing edges, and four more, two fitted in above and two below by sharing sloping edges. The structure, which is based on a sodium-chloride-like arrangement of V and O atoms, has a close relationship to other isopoly complex molybdates, niobates, and tantalates. Strong distortions in the VO6 octahedra are analogous to square-pyramid and other special coordination features known in other vanadate structures.
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The molecular structure of the isopoly complex ion, decavanadate (V10O286-)