New structural units in molybdenum oxyfluoride chemistry

David W. Aldous, Philip Lightfoot

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The solvothermal syntheses and crystal structures of five new molybdenum oxyfluorides are presented. These exhibit three novel structural units, each containing Mo in a reduced oxidation state: a dimeric [MO2O4F2(C2H8N2)(2)] unit (Mo4+), a tetrameric [Mo4O8F10](6-) unit (Mo5+) and an infinite chain [MoOF3](-) unit (Mo4+). Mo-Mo bonding is observed in each of the new building units.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-113
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Fluorine Chemistry
Early online date9 Aug 2012
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012


  • Molybdenum oxyfluoride
  • Solvothermal synthesis
  • Metal–metal bonding
  • Crystal structure


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