QUT ePrints

Raman spectroscopy of stercorite H(NH4)Na(PO4)•4H2O – a cave mineral from Petrogale Cave, Madura, Eucla, Western Australia

Frost, Ray L. & Palmer, Sara J. (2011) Raman spectroscopy of stercorite H(NH4)Na(PO4)•4H2O – a cave mineral from Petrogale Cave, Madura, Eucla, Western Australia. Spectrochimica Acta Part A : Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, 79(5), pp. 1215-1219.

View at publisher

Abstract

Raman spectroscopy complimented with infrared spectroscopy has been used to characterise the mineral stercorite H(NH4)Na(PO4)·4H2O. The mineral stercorite originated from the Petrogale Cave, Madura, Eucla, Western Australia. This cave is one of many caves in the Nullarbor Plain in the South of Western Australia. These caves have been in existence for eons of time and have been dated at more than 550 million years old. The mineral is formed by the reaction of bat guano chemicals on calcite substrates. A single Raman band at 920 cm−1 defines the presence of phosphate in the mineral. Antisymmetric stretching bands are observed in the infrared spectrum at 1052, 1097, 1135 and 1173 cm−1. Raman spectroscopy shows the mineral is based upon the phosphate anion and not the hydrogen phosphate anion. Raman and infrared bands are found and assigned to PO43−, H2O, OH and NH stretching vibrations. The detection of stercorite by Raman spectroscopy shows that the mineral can be readily determined; as such the application of a portable Raman spectrometer in a ‘cave’ situation enables the detection of minerals, some of which may remain to be identified.

Impact and interest:

14 citations in Scopus
Search Google Scholar™
13 citations in Web of Science®

Citation countsare sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

Full-text downloads:

74 since deposited on 11 Jul 2011
30 in the past twelve months

Full-text downloadsdisplays the total number of times this work’s files (e.g., a PDF) have been downloaded from QUT ePrints as well as the number of downloads in the previous 365 days. The count includes downloads for all files if a work has more than one.

ID Code: 42533
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional URLs:
Keywords: stercorite, ‘cave’ mineral, brushite, mundrabillaite, archerite, Raman spectroscopy.
DOI: 10.1016/j.saa.2011.04.045
ISSN: 1873-3557 (online) 1386-1425 (print)
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 2011 Elsevier B.V
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Spectrochimica Acta Part A : Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Spectrochimica Acta Part A : Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, [VOL 79, ISSUE 5, (2011)] DOI: 10.1016/j.saa.2011.04.045
Deposited On: 12 Jul 2011 07:58
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2013 05:18

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page