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Acta Cryst. (2013). E69, i44  [ doi:10.1107/S1600536813018205 ]

Calcium hexakis(dihydrogenphosphito)stannate(IV), Ca[Sn(H2PO2)6], with some remarks on the so-called Ge2(H2PO2)6 structure type

T. Gieschen and H. Reuter

Abstract: The title compound, Ca[Sn(H2PO2)6], was formed after a few days when tin(II) fluoride was allowed to react with phosphinic acid at ambient conditions. The structure consists of chains of Ca2+ and Sn4+ cations in octahedral sites with -3 symmetry bridged by bidentate hypophosphite anions. The chains are hexagonally close packed along [001]. The discovery of the compound and the successful structure refinement provides strong evidence that an isostructural compound, originally described as the mixed-valence compound, Ge2[H2PO2]6 [Weakley (1983). J. Chem. Soc. Pak. 5, 279-281], must be reformulated as Ca[Ge(H2PO2)6].

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