Tribasic lead maleate and lead maleate: Synthesis and structural and spectroscopic characterizations

François Bonhomme, Todd M. Alam, Aaron J. Celestian, David R. Tallant, Timothy J. Boyle, Brian R. Cherry, Ralph G. Tissot, Mark A. Rodriguez, John B. Parise, May Nyman

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We report on the synthesis and structure of tribasic lead maleate hemihydrate ([Pb4O3]C2H2(CO 2)2·1/2H2O, TRIMAL) and lead maleate (PbC2H2(CO2)2, PBMAL). The structure of [Pb4O3]C2H2(CO2) 2·1/2H2O, solved ab initio from X-ray powder diffraction data, consists of infinite slabs of edge-sharing OPb4 tetrahedra, of composition [Pb4O3], running along the c axis and linked together into a three-dimensional network by tetradentate maleate anionic ligands. The structure of PbC2H2(CO 2)2, solved from single crystal diffraction data, is lamellar and contains double layers of heptacoordinated lead atoms, bonded only to the oxygen atoms of the maleate ligands. In both compounds, lead is in the oxidation state 2+ and the coordination polyhedra around the Pb2+ exhibit a hemidirected geometry and are strongly distorted as a result of the lone pair of electrons. The absence of protons on the acidic portion of the maleate moieties was confirmed by Raman spectroscopy and by 1H MAS and 1H-13C CP MAS NMR experiments. The two compounds were further characterized using chemical and thermogravimetric analyses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7394-7402
Number of pages9
JournalInorganic chemistry
Issue number21
StatePublished - Oct 17 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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