Studies on oxovanadium (IV) oxalate hydrates

Sathyanarayana, D. N. ; Patel, C. C. (1965) Studies on oxovanadium (IV) oxalate hydrates Journal of Inorganic and Nuclear Chemistry, 27 (2). pp. 297-302. ISSN 0022-1902

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The oxalato complexes, VOC2O4·2H2O and VOC2O4·4H2O, are described. Their magnetic moments correspond to one unpaired electron showing the tetravalency of vanadium. They are monomeric in aqueous solution. Thermal studies suggest VO2 formation when the compounds are decomposed. Infrared spectra reveal covalent bonding between the vanadium and the oxalate group and the coordinated water. The tetrahydrate has also some lattice held water. The weak band at 780 mμ and a shoulder at 600 mμ are due to d ↔ d transitions and the absorption in the ultra violet is due to charge transfer within the VO2+ group. The dihydrate is assigned a stable five co-ordinated pyramidal structure; while the tetrahydrate, a distorted octahedron with one water molecule loosely bound along the V-O axis and the other outside the co-ordination sphere.

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