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In chemistry, a vanadate is a compound containing an oxoanion of vanadium generally in its highest oxidation state of +5. The simplest vanadate ion is the tetrahedral, orthovanadate, VO43− anion, which is present in e.g. sodium orthovanadate and in solutions of V2O5 in strong base (pH > 13 [1]). Conventionally this ion is represented with a single double bond, however this is a resonance form as the ion is a regular tetrahedron with four equivalent oxygen atoms.

Additionally a range of polyoxovanadate ions exist which include discrete ions and "infinite" polymeric ions.[2] There are also vanadates, such as rhodium vanadate, RhVO4, which has a statistical rutile structure where the Rh3+ and V5+ ions randomly occupy the Ti4+ positions in the rutile lattice,[3] that do not contain a lattice of cations and balancing vanadate anions but are mixed oxides.

In chemical nomenclature when vanadate forms part of the name, it indicates that the compound contains an anion with a central vanadium atom, e.g. ammonium hexafluorovanadate is a common name for the compound (NH4)3VF6 with the IUPAC name of ammonium hexafluoridovanadate(III).

Examples of vanadate ions[edit]

Some examples of discrete ions are

  • VO43− "orthovanadate", tetrahedral.[2]
  • V2O74− "pyrovanadate", corner shared VO4 tetrahedra similar to dichromate ion[2]
  • V3O93− cyclic with corner shared VO4 tetrahedra [4]
  • V4O124− cyclic with corner shared VO4 tetrahedra [5]
  • V5O143− corner shared VO4 tetrahedra [6]
  • V10O286− "decavanadate", edge and corner shared VO6 octahedra[2]
  • V12O324−[2]
  • V13O343− fused VO6 octahedra [7]
  • V18O4212−[8]

Some examples of polymeric “infinite” ions are

  • [VO3]nn in e.g. NaVO3, sodium metavanadate[2]
  • [V3O8]nn in CaV6O16[9]
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metavanadate chains
decavanadate ion

In these ions vanadium exhibits tetrahedral, square pyramidal and octahedral coordination. In this respect vanadium shows similarities to tungstate and molybdate, chromium however has a more limited range of ions.

Aqueous solutions[edit]

Dissolution of vanadium pentoxide in strongly basic aqueous solution gives the colourless VO43− ion. On acidification, this solution's colour gradually darkens through orange to red at around pH 7. Brown hydrated V2O5 precipitates around pH 2, redissolving to form a light yellow solution containing the [VO2(H2O)4]+ ion. The number and identity of the oxyanions that exist between pH 13 and 2 depend on pH as well as concentration. For example, protonation of vanadate initiates a series of condensations to produce polyoxovanadate ions:[2]

  • pH 9–12; HVO42−, V2O74−
  • pH 4–9; H2VO4, V4O124−, HV10O285−
  • pH 2–4; H3VO4, H2V10O284−

Pharmacological properties[edit]

Vanadate is a potent inhibitor of certain plasma membrane ATPases, such as Na+/K+-ATPase and Ca2+-ATPase (PMCA). However, it does not inhibit other ATPases, such as SERCA (sarco/endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase), actomyosin ATPase and mitochondrial ATPase.[10][11] Aureliano, Manuel; Crans, Debbie C. (2009). "Decavanadate and oxovanadates: Oxometalates with many biological activities". Journal Inorganic Biochemistry 103: 536–546. doi:10.1016/j.jinorgbio.2008.11010.


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