The structure of the mineral leogangite Cu10(OH)6(SO4)(AsO4)4•8H2O–implications for arsenic accumulation and removal

Frost, Ray L., Xi, Yunfei, & Palmer, Sara J. (2011) The structure of the mineral leogangite Cu10(OH)6(SO4)(AsO4)4•8H2O–implications for arsenic accumulation and removal. Spectrochimica Acta Part A : Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, 82(1), pp. 221-227.

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The objective of this research is to determine the molecular structure of the mineral leogangite. The formation of the types of arsenosulphate minerals offers a mechanism for arsenate removal from soils and mine dumps. Raman and infrared spectroscopy have been used to characterise the mineral. Observed bands are assigned to the stretching and bending vibrations of (SO4)2- and (AsO4)3- units, stretching and bending vibrations of hydrogen bonded (OH)- ions and Cu2+-(O,OH) units. The approximate range of O-H...O hydrogen bond lengths is inferred from the Raman spectra. Raman spectra of leogangite from different origins differ in that some spectra are more complex, where bands are sharp and the degenerate bands of (SO4)2- and (AsO4)3- are split and more intense. Lower wavenumbers of  H2O bending vibration in the spectrum may indicate the presence of weaker hydrogen bonds compared with those in a different leogangite samples. The formation of leogangite offers a mechanism for the removal of arsenic from the environment.

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ID Code: 45968
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: This work is part of a research into arsenic accumulation and removal and remediation
Keywords: water purification, soil remediation, leogangite, arsenate, arsenic removal, sulphate, mechanism of formation
DOI: 10.1016/j.saa.2011.07.039
ISSN: 1386-1425
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
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 82, ISSUE 1, (2011)] DOI: 10.1016/j.saa.2011.07.039
Deposited On: 15 Sep 2011 05:11
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