Park, Sohyun; Boysen, Hans; Parise, John B.
Structural disorder of a new zeolite-like lithosilicate, K 2.6Li5.4[Li4Si16O 38]·4.3H2O.
In: Acta Crystallographica Section B: Structural Science, Vol. 62, No. 1: pp. 42-51
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The framework structure of the synthetic microporous lithosilicate RUB-30 (K2.6Li5.4[Li4Si16O 38]·4.3H2O) is similar to that of the fibrous zeolites such as natrolite, edingtonite and thomsonite, since all their frameworks include the same secondary structural building unit, the so-called 4-1 T5O10 cluster of tetrahedra. Unique to the structure of RUB-30, each 4-1 unit consists of a LiSi4O10 moiety within which the single [LiO4] tetrahedron is strictly segregated from the other four [SiO4] tetrahedra. The connection of neighboring 4-1 units through edge-sharing [LiO4] tetrahedra results in a new framework topology. The present work reports an ’average’ structure of RUB-30 solved by synchrotron X-ray single-crystal diffraction data collected at a second-generation source. A superstructure with a × 2b × c (relative to the subcell quoted above) could be seen in X-ray diffraction data collected with better resolution and higher brightness at a third generation source. Diffuse streaks along k with l = odd and unusual superstructure hkl reflections, with k = odd and l = odd only, indicate a more complicated real structure of the material. To explain this observation we propose two different structure types which are statistically, but coherently, intergrown in RUB-30.