Sr7N2Sn3: A layered antiperovskite-type nitride stannide containing zigzag chains of Sn4polyanions

Hisanori Yamane, Simon Steinberg

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Metallic black platelet single crystals of a new ternary compound, Sr7N2Sn3, were obtained by heating Sr and Sn in a Na flux together with NaN3 as a nitrogen source at 1073 K, followed by slow cooling. Single-crystal X-ray analysis revealed that this compound crystallizes in an orthorhombic cell with the cell parameters a = 10.4082(2), b = 18.0737(4), and c = 7.43390(10) Å (space group Pmna, Z = 2), and has a layered (modular) antiperovskite-type structure which could be related to the inverse structure of Ca2Nb2O7 ((Ca2)[Ca2Nb4O14]). Four-membered zigzag [Sn4] chains are situated between slabs comprising four antiperovskite layers cut by the (110) plane of the ideal anitiperovskite structure, and Sr7N2Sn3 can be expressed as [Sn4][Sn2N4Sr14]. Although an electron-precise valence electron distribution according to the formula (Sr2+)14(N3-)4(Sn4-)2([Sn4]8-) is proposed for this ternary compound, yet, there are certain structural peculiarities which cannot be explained by this idealized picture. Therefore, first principles-based means were employed to account for the aforementioned structural features.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)625-633
Number of pages9
JournalZeitschrift fur Naturforschung - Section B Journal of Chemical Sciences
Issue number10-12
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Nov 1


  • layered anitiperovskite
  • modular perovskite
  • Na flux
  • polyanion


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