In inorganic nomenclature, a manganate is any negatively charged molecular entity with manganese as the central atom. However, the name is usually used to refer to the tetraoxidomanganate(2−) anion, MnO2−
4, also known as manganate(VI) because it contains manganese in the +6 oxidation state. Manganates are the only known manganese(VI) compounds.
A manganate(IV) anion MnO4−
4 has been prepared by radiolysis of dilute solutions of permanganate. It is mononuclear in dilute solution, and shows a strong absorption in the ultraviolet and a weaker absorption at 650 nm.
Structure and propertiesEdit
The manganate(VI) ion is tetrahedral, similar to sulfate or chromate: indeed, manganates are often isostructural with sulfates and chromates, a fact first noted by Mitscherlich in 1831. The manganese–oxygen distance is 165.9 pm, about 3 pm longer than in permanganate. As a d1 ion, it is paramagnetic, but any Jahn–Teller distortion is too small to be detected by X-ray crystallography. Manganates are dark green in colour, with a visible absorption maximum of λmax = 606 nm (ε = 1710 dm3 mol−1 cm−1). The Raman spectrum has also been reported.
- 4 MnO−
4 + 4 OH− → 4 MnO2−
4 + 2 H2O + O2
Potassium manganate is prepared industrially, as an intermediate to potassium permanganate, by dissolving manganese dioxide in molten potassium hydroxide with potassium nitrate or air as the oxidizing agent.
- 2 MnO2 + 4 OH− + O2 → 2 MnO2−
4 + 2 H2O
Manganates, particularly the insoluble barium manganate, BaMnO4, have been used as oxidizing agents in organic synthesis: they will oxidize primary alcohols to aldehydes and then to carboxylic acids, and secondary alcohols to ketones. Barium manganate has also been used to oxidize hydrazones to diazo compounds.
Manganates are unstable towards disproportionation in all but the most alkaline of aqueous solutions. The ultimate products are permanganate and manganese dioxide, but the kinetics are complex and the mechanism may involve protonated and/or manganese(V) species.
Manganate is formally the conjugate base of hypothetical manganic acid H
4, which cannot be formed because of its rapid disproportionation. However, its second acid dissociation constant has been estimated by pulse radiolysis techniques:
4 ⇌ MnO2−
4 + H+ pKa = 7.4 ± 0.1
The name "manganite" is used for compounds formerly believed to contain the anion MnO3−
3, with manganese in the +3 oxidation state. However, most of these "manganites" do not contain discrete oxoanions, but are mixed oxides with perovskite (LaMnIIIO3, CaMnIVO3), spinel (LiMnIII,IV
2O4) or sodium chloride (LiMnIIIO2, NaMnIIIO2) structures.
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