An open-framework zinc phosphate with Zn[BOND]O[BOND]Zn linkages


  • This work was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China, SERC (UK), and Unilever plc (UK).


Open framework crystalline solids have great potential as catalysts and absorbers and for many other applications in materials science. The synthesis and structural characterization of a new zinc phosphate prepared from a predominantly non-aqueous system are described. The unique features of the compound, which has the empirical formula Zn4(PO4)3(H2O)(C2H5NH3), such as three-coordinated oxygen atoms and a ratio of Zn to P greater than 1, are discussed.