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Volume 231, Issue 7


Superspace description of trimethyltin hydroxide at T = 100 K

Somnath Dey
  • Laboratory of Crystallography, University of Bayreuth, BGI-Building, Universitätsstraße, 30, D-95440 Bayreuth, Germany
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Published Online: 2016-06-11 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zkri-2016-1952


At low temperatures the metalorganic compound trimethyltin hydroxide, (CH3)3SnOH, possesses a commensurately modulated crystal structure, the modulation wave vector can be described as q=12c. The crystal structure is studied by analysing single-crystal X-ray diffraction data within the (3+1)-dimensional superspace approach and superspace group P21212(00γ)00s. The corresponding twofold superstructure has space group symmetry P212121. The structure is characterised by polymeric chains running along c-axis, generated by Sn–O–Sn bridges between neighbouring Sn atoms and packed in a distorted hexagonal pattern and linked via C–H···O interstrand hydrogen bonds along the (orthorhombic) directions [110] and [11̅0], but not along [100].

Keywords: commensurate modulation; hydrogen bond; polymeric chain; superspace approach; superstructure


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About the article

Received: 2016-04-13

Accepted: 2016-05-14

Published Online: 2016-06-11

Published in Print: 2016-07-01

Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Kristallographie - Crystalline Materials, Volume 231, Issue 7, Pages 427–434, ISSN (Online) 2196-7105, ISSN (Print) 2194-4946, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zkri-2016-1952.

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