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Journal of Structural Chemistry

2009 year, number 5


V. N. Serezhkin, V. S. Urusov
Keywords: vanadium, oxygen-containing compounds, stereochemistry, crystal chemistry, Voronoi-Dirichlet polyhedra
Pages: 898-904


Using Voronoi-Dirichlet (VD) polyhedra and the method of overlapping spheres, we analyze the coordination of 714 crystallographically different vanadium atoms in the structure of compounds containing VOn polyhedra. Vanadium atoms are found to be bonded to 4, 5, 6, or 7 oxygen atoms. The effect of the valence state and coordination number of vanadium atoms on the main parameters of their VD polyhedra is considered. A unified linear dependence between the solid angles of VD polyhedron faces corresponding to V-O bonds and the respective interatomic distances varying in a range of 1.55 Å to 2.79 Å is stated to exist. It is shown that the parameters of VD polyhedra can be used to determine the valence state of vanadium atoms.