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1,1,1,3,3,3-Hexaamino-1λ5,3λ5-diphosphazenium bromide [(NH2)3PNP(NH2)3]Br, nitrate [(NH2)3PNP(NH2)3][NO3], and toluene-4-sulfonate [(NH2)3PNP(NH2)3][CH3C6H4SO3] have been prepared by anion exchange in aqueous solution. Single crystals were obtained from acetonitrile solutions in a temperature gradient between 60 °C and room temperature. The crystal structures were determined by single crystal X-ray methods at room temperature. ([(NH2)3PNP(NH2)3]Br: P1̄̄ , Z = 2, a = 596.2( 1 ),b = 744.5( 1), c = 1114.4( 1) pm, α = 108.78( 1), β = 104.18(1), γ = 90.64(1)°, R 1 = 0.048, wR2 = 0.104; [(NH2)3PNP(NH2)3][NO3]: P1̄̄, Z = 2, a = 550.9( 1), b = 796.3( 1), c = 1115.7( 1) pm, α = 94.45( 1), β= 99.55( 1), γ = 101,53( 1)°, R1 = 0.033, wR2 = 0.095; [(NH2)3PNP(NH2)3][CH3C6H4SO3]: P21/c, Z = 4, a = 804.1(1), b = 596.1(1), c = 3218.7(3) pm, β = 94.59(1)°, R1 = 0.052, wR2 = 0.136). In the solid the three salts consist of discrete [(NH2)3PNP(NH2)3]+ cations and their corresponding anions. The PN4 tetrahedra in [(NH2)3PNP(NH2)3]Br are staggered, while in [(NH2)3PNP(NH2)3][NO3] the eclipsed conformation is preferred. The PN4 tetrahedra of [(NH2)3PNP(NH2)3][CH3C6H4SO3] show gauche conformation.


Dense, high-refractive index, ultra-hard, wide-gap polymorphs of SiO2, recently discovered orthorhombic seifertite (space group 60 Pbcn), and earlier characterized tetragonal stishovite (space group 136 P42/mnm) and monoclinic coesite (space group 15 C2/c) were studied using advanced methods of electronic structure calculations involving full-potential linearized augmented plane wave density functional theoretical method (FP-LAPW-DFT) with spin polarization, orbital-dependent potentials, and modified Becke-Johnson potential (mBJ) for accurate account of the band gaps. Although these calculations yield an excellent account of many properties, we here focus on quantitative aspects of optical absorption and selection rules therein. Specifically, the valence-to-conduction band transition in seifertite is symmetry-allowed, and is symmetry-forbidden in stishovite and coesite. Theory is compared with published experimental data, and explanation is provided for weak pre-edge optical absorption in stishovite. Electronic structure and calculated properties of stishovite are also compared with those of the isostructural rutile TiO2. Effective masses are calculated from the energy dispersion curves E(k) at the valence band maximum for holes and conduction band minimum for electrons. In addition, we propose that splitting of the O2p valence-band in coesite and also observed in α-quartz is a general feature of polymorphs with tetrahedrally coordinated Si, in contrast with continuous valence bands in those with octahedral SiO6 units such as seifertite and stishovite. Based on quantitative results obtained from the BVA theory, this difference originates from a high degree of covalence in the tetrahedral polymorphs as opposed to high iconicity in octahedral polymorphs.

[P(NH2)4]Br and [P(NH2)4][NO3] have been prepared by anion exchange in liquid ammonia. Single crystals of [P(NH2)4]Br were obtained from an acetonitrile solution in a temperature gradient between 60 °C and room temperature while attempts to grow single crystals of [P(NH2)4][NO3] yielded [P(NH2)4][NO3](OP(NH2)3). Both crystal structures were determined by single crystal X-ray methods at room temperature ([P(NH2)4]Br: P4/nbm, a = 809.2(1), c = 468.1(1) pm, Z = 2, R1 = 0.042, wR2 = 0.077; [P(NH2)4][NO3](OP(NH2)3): Pna21, Z = 4, a = 1023.4(1), b = 1704.7(1), c = 618.0(1) pm, R1 =0.025, wR2 = 0.067. In the solid [P(NH2)4]Br forms a tetragonally distorted variant of the CsCl type of structure. [P(NH2)4][NO3](OP(NH2)3) consists of [P(NH2)4]+cations, [NO3]- anions, and OP(NH2)3 molecules which are interconnected by a complex system of hydrogen bonds.