The pyrophoric compound Rb2[U(NH2)6] was obtained as a grey to black powder from the reaction of more than three equivalents of RbNH2 with UI3 in anhydrous liquid ammonia. During the process, UIII is oxidized to UIV and ammonia is reduced under evolution of H2. Rb2[U(NH2)6] crystallizes in the cubic crystal system, space group Fm3m, with the lattice parameter a = 9.7870(12) Å, V = 937.4(2) Å3, Z = 4 at T = 293 K. It is isotypic to K2PtCl6. The compound contains the unprecedented hexaamidouranate(IV) anion [U(NH2)6]2–.
|Journal||Zeitschrift fur Anorganische und Allgemeine Chemie|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - Apr 2020|
|MoE publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|
- Liquid ammonia
- Alkali metals
- Ammonia reduction