Hector AL1, Jolleys A, Levason W, Pugh D, Reid G.
Dalton Trans. 2014 Oct 21;43(39):14514-6. doi: 10.1039/c4dt02265c.The new binary mixed-valence fluoride of germanium, Ge3F8, has been obtained by heating GeF4 with powdered Ge in an autoclave (390 K/4 bar/48 h). The structure contains pyramidal Ge(II)F3 and octahedral Ge(IV)F6 units, linked by fluoride bridges. The new compound is the missing member of the series (GeF2)n·GeF4 (n = 2, 4, or 6). Sublimation of (GeF2)n·GeF4in vacuo provides a convenient source of GeF2 in ca. 30% overall yield.