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J Am Chem Soc. 2011 Apr 27;133(16):6265-9. doi: 10.1021/ja110618g. Epub 2011 Feb 22.

Synthesis of the missing oxide of xenon, XeO2, and its implications for Earth's missing xenon.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4M1, Canada.


The missing Xe(IV) oxide, XeO(2), has been synthesized at 0 °C by hydrolysis of XeF(4) in water and 2.00 M H(2)SO(4(aq)). Raman spectroscopy and (16/18)O isotopic enrichment studies indicate that XeO(2) possesses an extended structure in which Xe(IV) is oxygen bridged to four neighboring oxygen atoms to give a local square-planar XeO(4) geometry based on an AX(4)E(2) valence shell electron pair repulsion (VSEPR) arrangement. The vibrational spectra of Xe(16)O(2) and Xe(18)O(2) amend prior vibrational assignments of xenon doped SiO(2) and are in accordance with prior speculation that xenon depletion from the Earth's atmosphere may occur by xenon insertion at high temperatures and high pressures into SiO(2) in the Earth's crust.

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