Silver-chalcogen frameworks: crystal and electronic structure of [Ag3S](NO3) and a comparison with [Ag4Te](SO4)

  • Tatiana A. Shestimerova
  • Alexey N. Kuznetsov
  • Andrei V. ShevelkovEmail author
Original Research


Crystal and electronic structure of silver-containing metal-inorganic frameworks [Ag3S](NO3) and [Ag4Te](SO4) have been examined. For [Ag3S](NO3), the crystal structure has been re-determined from X-ray single crystal diffraction data and refined to R = 2.7% in order to determine the exact position of the nitrate anion. It is shown that the main structural feature of [Ag3S](NO3) and [Ag4Te](SO4) is the framework based on the combination of silver-chalcogen and silver-silver interactions, with guest oxoanions filling the cavities. Effectively, ionic interactions between guest anions and the framework differ significantly from the interactions within frameworks themselves, where the bonding analysis shows the tendency for more covalent bonding and indicates that the bonding patterns are consistent with what is regarded as metallophilic interactions.


Silver Solid-state structures Frameworks compounds Electronic structure Metallophilic interactions 



Authors wish to thank Dr. D. I. Davlyatshin for the help with IR spectroscopy experiments. The X-ray study was supported by the Lomonosov Moscow State University Program of Development. The use of the Lomonosov Moscow State University Supercomputer Center is kindly acknowledged.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ChemistryLomonosov Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussia

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