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Acta Cryst. (2013). E69, i1
[ doi:10.1107/S1600536812048921 ]

Sr-fresnoite determined from synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction data

A. M. T. Bell and C. M. B. Henderson

Abstract: The fresnoite-type compound Sr2TiO(Si2O7), distrontium oxidotitanium disilicate, has been prepared by high-temperature solid-state synthesis. The results of a Rietveld refinement study, based on high-resolution synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction data, show that the title compound crystallizes in the space group P4bm and adopts the structure of other fresnoite-type mineral samples with general formula A2TiO(Si2O7) (A = alkaline earth metal cation). The structure consists of titanosilicate layers composed of corner-sharing SiO4 tetrahedra (forming Si2O7 disilicate units) and TiO5 square-based pyramids. These layers extend parallel to the ab plane and are stacked along the c axis. Layers of distorted SrO6 octahedra lie between the titanosilicate layers. The Sr2+ ion, the SiO4 tetrahedron and the bridging O atom of the disilicate unit are located on mirror planes whereas the TiO5 square-based pyramid is located on a fourfold rotation axis.

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