Anisotropic compressibility of the coordination polymer emim[Mn(btc)]

Solveig R. Madsen, Stephen A. Moggach, Jacob Overgaard, Bo Brummerstedt Iversen

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The effect of pressure on the crystal structure of a coordination polymer, emim[Mn-II(btc)] (emim = 1-ethyl, 3-methyl imidazolium cation, btc = 1,3,5-benzene-tricarboxylate), was investigated with single-crystal X-ray diffraction. At 4.3 GPa the unit-cell volume had decreased by 14% compared with ambient conditions. The unit-cell contraction is highly anisotropic, with the a- and b-axes decreasing by 5.5 and 9.5%, respectively, and the c-axis compressing a mere 0.25% up to 1.7 GPa followed by a 0.2% expansion between 1.7 and 4.3 GPa. The 0.2% increase in length of the c-axis in this interval happens above the quasi-hydrostatic limit of the pressure-transmitting medium and therefore it might be a consequence of strain gradients. Under ambient conditions, two MnO6 units are connected by two carboxylate ligands to form dimeric units. On increasing pressure, a non-bonded O atom from a bridging carboxylate group approaches the Mn atom, with the Mn-O distance decreasing from 2.866 (1) angstrom at 0.3 GPa to 2.482 (6) angstrom at 4.3 GPa, increasing the coordination environment of the Mn ion from six-to seven-coordinated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-394
Number of pages6
JournalActa Crystallographica Section B: Structural Science, Crystal Engineering and Materials
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016
Externally publishedYes

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