Acta Cryst. (2008). E64, i67-i68 [ doi:10.1107/S1600536808028377 ]
Abstract: Single crystals of Co3(PO4)2·4H2O, tricobalt(II) bis[orthophosphate(V)] tetrahydrate, were obtained under hydrothermal conditions. The title compound is isotypic with its zinc analogue Zn3(PO4)2·4H2O (mineral name hopeite) and contains two independent Co2+ cations. One Co2+ cation exhibits a slightly distorted tetrahedral coordination, while the second, located on a mirror plane, has a distorted octahedral coordination environment. The tetrahedrally coordinated Co2+ is bonded to four O atoms of four PO43- anions, whereas the six-coordinate Co2+ is cis-bonded to two phosphate groups and to four O atoms of four water molecules (two of which are located on mirror planes), forming a framework structure. In addition, hydrogen bonds of the type O-HO are present throughout the crystal structure.
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