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Raman spectroscopy of the multi-anion mineral schlossmacherite (H3O,Ca)Al3(AsO4,PO4,SO4)2(OH)6

By Ray L. Frost, Sara J. Palmer and Yunfei Xi


The mineral schlossmacherite (H3O,Ca)Al3(AsO4,PO4,SO4)2(OH)6 , a multi-cation-multi-anion mineral of the beudantite mineral subgroup has been characterised by Raman spectroscopy. The mineral and related minerals functions as a heavy metal collector and is often amorphous or poorly crystalline, such that XRD identification is difficult. The Raman spectra are dominated by an intense band at 864 cm-1, assigned to the symmetric stretching mode of the AsO43- anion. Raman bands at 809 and 819 cm-1 are assigned to the antisymmetric stretching mode of AsO43- . The sulphate anion is characterised by bands at 1000 cm-1 (ν1), and at 1031, 1082 and 1139 cm-1 (ν3). Two sets of bands in the OH stretching region are observed: firstly between 2800 and 3000 cm-1 with bands observed at 2850, 2868, 2918 cm-1 and secondly between 3300 and 3600 with bands observed at 3363, 3382, 3410, 3449 and 3537 cm-1. These bands enabled the calculation of hydrogen bond distances and show a wide range of H-bond distances

Topics: 030606 Structural Chemistry and Spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, schlossmacherite, kemmlitzite, beudantite, arsenate, sulphate
Publisher: Elsevier
Year: 2012
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.saa.2011.11.040
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