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In chemistry an antimonate is a compound which contains a metallic element, oxygen and antimony in an oxidation state of +5. These compounds can be considered to be salts of the hypothetical antimonic acid H3SbO4, or combinations of metal oxides and antimony pentoxide, Sb2O5. Historically these compounds were assumed to be analogous to the phosphates and formulas such as LiSbO3·3H2O and Na2H2Sb2O7·5H2O were used and the compounds described as hydrated meta-antimonates and pyro-antimonates. LiSbO3·3H2O is now known to be LiSb(OH)6 and contain the Sb(OH)
anion and that Na2H2Sb2O7·5H2O is actually NaSb(OH)6.[1]

Some examples of anhydrous antimonates and their structures are shown below:-

  • Li3SbO4 has a NaCl superstructure with isolated Sb
  • NaSbO3 has the ilmenite structure, with hexagonal close packed oxide ions with each ion, Na+ and Sb5+ occupying a third of the octahedral sites[1]
  • MgSb2O6 has the trirutile structure, which is similar to the rutile structure except that there are two different cations in the lattice.[1]
  • AlSbO4 has the rutile with random occupancy[1]
  • Pb2Sb2O7 has the pyrochlore structure.[1]
  • Ca2Sb2O7 has the weberite structure[1]
  • FeSbO4 has the rutile with random occupancy[1]

Antimonate in chemical nomenclature[edit]

IUPAC recommendations are that compounds with anions containing antimony(V) have the antimonate(V) suffix or antimonate followed by a charge number, for example the Sb(OH)
ion would be called hexahydridoxidoantimonate(V) or alternatively hexahydroxidoantimonate(1−).[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Wells A.F. (1984) Structural Inorganic Chemistry 5th edition, Oxford Science Publications ISBN 0-19-855370-6
  2. ^ Greenwood, Norman N.; Earnshaw, Alan (1997). Chemistry of the Elements (2nd ed.). Butterworth-Heinemann. ISBN 0-08-037941-9. 
  3. ^ Nomenclature of Inorganic Chemistry—IUPAC Recommendations 2005 Red Book 2005.pdf