Structure of Tin(II) “Hydroxide” and Lead(II) “Hydroxide”


Donaldson and Moser1 have shown that there is only one stable solid tin(II) hydroxide, a unique crystalline phase quite distinct from other tin(II) oxides, which can be described as a hydrous oxide or oxy-hydroxide. The formula of the finely divided material was determined analytically as 5SnO.2H2O, but analytical results on a fine powder of large surface area cannot distinguish between this formula and the alternative 3SnO.H2O, which differs by only one molecule of water per fifteen formula units of tin(II) oxide.

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HOWIE, R., MOSER, W. Structure of Tin(II) “Hydroxide” and Lead(II) “Hydroxide”. Nature 219, 372–373 (1968).

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