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Acta Cryst. (2013). E69, i3
[ doi:10.1107/S1600536812050969 ]


J. Zhu and H. Chen

Abstract: Rubidium ytterbium(III) tetrakis(polyphosphate), RbYb(PO3)4, was synthesized by solid-state reaction. It adopts structure type IV of the MRE(PO3)4 (M = alkali metal and RE = rare earth metal) family of compounds. The structure is composed of a three-dimensional framework made up from double spiral polyphosphate chains parallel to [10-1] and irregular [YbO8] polyhedra. There are eight PO4 tetrahedra in the repeat unit of the polyphosphate chains. The Rb+ cation is located in channels extending along [100] that are delimited by the three-dimensional framework. It is surrounded by 11 O atoms, defining an irregular polyhedron.

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