Spectroscopy of selected copper group minerals : Ktenasite, orthoserpierite and Kipushite

Frost, Ray L., Reddy, B. Jagannadha, & Keeffe, Eloise C. (2010) Spectroscopy of selected copper group minerals : Ktenasite, orthoserpierite and Kipushite. Transition Metal Chemistry, 35, pp. 667-678.

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The near-infrared (NIR) and infrared (IR) spectroscopy has been applied for characterisation of three complex Cu-Zn sulphate/phosphate minerals, namely ktenasite, orthoserpierite and kipushite. The spectral signatures of the three minerals are quite distinct in relation to their composition and structure. The effect of structural cations substitution (Zn2+ and Cu2+) on band shifts is significant both in the electronic and vibrational spectra of these Cu-Zn minerals. The variable Cu:Zn ratio between Zn-rich and Cu-rich compositions shows a strong effect on Cu(II) bands in the electronic spectra. The Cu(II) spectrum is most significant in kipushite (Cu-rich) with bands displayed at high wavenumbers at11390 and 7545 cm-1. The isomorphic substitution of Cu2+ for Zn2+ is reflected in the NIR and IR spectroscopic signatures. The multiple bands for 3 and 4 (SO4)2- stretching vibrations in ktenasite and orthoserpierite are attributed to the reduction of symmetry to the sulphate ion from Td to C2V. The IR spectrum of kipushite is characterised by strong (PO4)3- vibrational modes at 1090 and 990 cm-1. The range of IR absorption is higher in Ktenasite than in kipushite while it is intermediate in orthoserpierite.

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ID Code: 34137
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: This paper is part of a series of papers on the NIR spectra of minerals.
This work defines the colour of minerals
Keywords: ktenasite, orthoserpierite, kipushite, Near-infrared and Mid-infrared
DOI: 10.1007/s11243-010-9378-6
ISSN: 0340-4285
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000) > PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY (INCL. STRUCTURAL) (030600) > Structural Chemistry and Spectroscopy (030606)
Divisions: Past > Schools > Chemistry
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Springer.
Deposited On: 16 Aug 2010 01:47
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:15

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