Acta Cryst. (2008). E64, m1566-m1567 [ doi:10.1107/S160053680803674X ]
Abstract: The structure of the title compound, [Sm2(C4O4)3(H2O)4]n, consists of infinite-chain structural units, built from edge-sharing samarium SmO7(H2O)2 polyhedra and linked via bis-monodendate squarate (sq1) groups. The chains extend along  in a zigzag mode and are interconnected by bis-chelating squarate (sq2) ligands into layers parallel to (101). Interlayer hydrogen bonds strengthen the cohesion of the three-dimensional network. The samarium cation is coordinated by four O atoms from sq1 units and three O atoms from sq2 units, in addition to two water O atoms. The best representation of the samarium SmO7(H2O)2 polyhedron is distorted tricapped trigonal-prismatic. The sq1 ligand has one metal-free O atom and relates three Sm atoms in a bis-monodentate and chelation fashion, the second squarate, sq2, is strictly centrosymmetric and acts as a bis-chelating ligand.
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