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Vibrational spectroscopy of synthetic archerite (K,NH4)H2PO4 : and in comparison with the natural cave mineral

By Ray L. Frost, Yunfei Xi, Sara J. Palmer, Keqin Tan and Graeme J. Millar


In order to mimic the formation of archerite in cave minerals, the mineral analogue has been synthesised. The cave mineral is formed by the reaction of the chemicals in bat guano with calcite substrates. X-ray diffraction proves that the synthesised archerite analogue was pure. The vibrational spectra of the synthesised mineral are compared with that of the natural cave mineral. Raman and infrared bands are assigned to H2PO4-, OH and NH stretching and bending vibrations. The Raman band at 917 cm-1 is assigned to the HOP stretching vibration of the H2PO4- units. Bands in the 1200 to 1800 cm-1 region are associated with NH4+ bending modes. Vibrational spectroscopy enables the molecular structure of archerite to be analysed

Topics: 030606 Structural Chemistry and Spectroscopy, archerite, biphosphammite, ‘cave’ minerals, brushite, mundrabillaite, dihydrogen phosphate, Raman spectroscopy
Publisher: Elsevier
Year: 2012
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.molstruc.2011.12.013
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