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TitleRedetermination of the borax structure from laboratory X-ray data at 145 K
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsGainsford, G.J., Kemmitt T., and Higham C.
JournalActa Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online
Paginationi24 - i25
Date Published2008
ISSN16005368 (ISSN)
AbstractThe title compound, sodium tetraborate decahydrate (mineral name: borax), Na2[B4O5(OH)4]·8H2O, has been studied previously using X-ray [Morimoto (1956). Miner. J. 2, 1-18] and neutron [Levy & Lisensky (1978). Acta Cryst. B34, 3502-3510] diffraction data. The structure contains tetra-borate anions [B4O5(OH)4]2- with twofold rotation symmetry, which form hydrogen-bonded chains, and [Na(H2O)6] octa-hedra that form zigzag chains [Na(H2O)4/2(H2O)2/1]. The O - H bond distances obtained from the present redetermination at 145 K are shorter than those in the neutron study by an average of 0.127 (19) Å.

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