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Keywords:

  • Actinides;
  • Uranium;
  • High-pressure chemistry;
  • Borate phosphates

Abstract

A new actinide borate phosphate, U2[BO4][PO4], was synthesized in a Walker-type multianvil apparatus at 12.5 GPa and 1000 °C. The crystal structure was determined from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data collected at room temperature. U2[BO4][PO4] crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P21/c with four formula units per unit cell and the lattice parameters a = 854.6(2), b = 775.3(2), c = 816.3(2) pm, and β = 102.52(3)°. The structure consists of double layers of linked uranium–oxygen polyhedra parallel to [100]. The borate tetrahedra are located between the uranium–oxygen layers inside the double layer. The phosphate groups link the double layers.