A new double neptunium zirconium phosphate of the type MxZr2(PO4)3 (M = Np), crystallizing in the structure type NaZr2(PO4)3 (NZP, NASICON), was synthesized by solid state reactions at high temperatures and characterized by X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy and Mössbauer spectroscopy. The Rietveld refinement of the XRD pattern together with the analysis of the IR spectra of the sample confirmed the space group P[3 with combining macron]c, the same as that for the lanthanide analogues Ln0.33Zr2(PO4)3. However, Mössbauer studies revealed the presence of neptunium in the two oxidation states +3 and +4, indicating a two-phase NZP system with different crystallographic environments of the neptunium atoms. The thermal behaviour of the sample was followed up to 1400 °C by thermogravimetric analysis.
|Journal||Dalton Transactions: the international journal for inorganic, organometallic and bioinorganic chemistry|
|Publication status||Published - 23 Aug 2017|