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A Simulation Study on the Topotactic Transformations from Aluminophosphate AlPO4-21 to AlPO4-25

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posted on 2001-10-06, 00:00 authored by Jiyang Li, Jihong Yu, Kaixue Wang, Guangshan Zhu, Ruren Xu
Aluminophosphate AlPO4-21 (AWO), formulated |(CH3)2NH2|[Al3P3O12(OH)], has been synthesized solvothermally by using dimethylamine as the template. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis shows that AlPO4-21 crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P21/n with a = 8.687(2) Å, b = 17.428(5) Å, c = 9.159(2) Å, β = 109.60(2)°, V = 1306.3(5) Å3, and Z = 4. XRD analysis shows that AlPO4-21 transforms to AlPO4-25 (ATV) upon calcination at 500 °C. The molecular dynamics simulation approach was used to investigate the topotactic transformations from AlPO4-21. The simulation study suggests that AlPO4-21 is energetically favored to transform to AlPO4-25, as well as other hypothetical forms, by the changing of the UUDD chains to the UDUD chains.