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Structure and stereochemistry in 'f-block' complexes of high coordination number. VII. The [M(unidentate X)2(unidentate Y)6] system: Crystal structure of hexaaquadichloroeuropium(III) chloride (a redetermination)

DL Kepert, JM Patrick and AH White

Australian Journal of Chemistry 36(3) 477 - 482
Published: 1983


The crystal structure of the title compound [EuCl2(OH2)2]Cl ('europium trichloride hexahydrate') has been redetermined from single-crystal diffractometer data at 295 K and refined to a residual of 0.040 for 1094 independent 'observed' reflections. Crystals are monoclinic, P2/n, a 9.659(3), b 6.529(2), c 7.936(4) Å, β 93.67(4)º, Z 2. The europium atom lies on a crystallographic twofold axis, which passes between the two planes of a square-antiprismatic coordination environment in which the two chlorine atoms, on opposite faces, lie cis to each other. Eu-O distances range from 2.401(6) to 2.431(5) Å; Eu-Cl is 2.774(2) Å.

© CSIRO 1983

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