The molecular structure of the mineral sarmientite Fe2(AsO4,SO4)2(OH)6•5H2O : implications for arsenic accumulation and removal

Frost, Ray L., Palmer, Sara J., & Xi, Yunfei (2011) The molecular structure of the mineral sarmientite Fe2(AsO4,SO4)2(OH)6•5H2O : implications for arsenic accumulation and removal. Journal of Molecular Structure, 1004(1-3), pp. 88-93.

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Sarmientite is an environmental mineral; its formation in soils enables the entrapment and immobilisation of arsenic. The mineral sarmientite is often amorphous making the application of X-ray diffraction difficult. Vibrational spectroscopy has been applied to the study of sarmientite. Bands are attributed to the vibrational units of arsenate, sulphate, hydroxyl and water.

Raman bands at 794, 814 and 831 cm−1 are assigned to the ν3 (AsO4)3− antisymmetric stretching modes and the ν1 symmetric stretching mode is observed at 891 cm−1. Raman bands at 1003 and 1106 cm−1 are attributed to vibrations. The Raman band at 484 cm−1 is assigned to the triply degenerate (AsO4)3− bending vibration. The high intensity Raman band observed at 355 cm−1 (both lower and upper) is considered to be due to the (AsO4)3−ν2 bending vibration. Bands attributed to water and OH stretching vibrations are observed.

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ID Code: 46284
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: sarmientite, arsenate, arsenic removal, sulphate, Raman spectroscopy
DOI: 10.1016/j.molstruc.2011.07.034
ISSN: 0022-2860
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 Journal of Molecular Structure. 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 Journal of Molecular Structure, 1004(1-3), pp.88-93. DOI: 10.1016/j.molstruct.2011.07.034
Deposited On: 03 Oct 2011 23:29
Last Modified: 09 May 2014 07:41

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