Molecular structure of the phosphate mineral brazilianite NaAl3(PO4)2(OH)4 : a semi precious jewel

Frost, Ray L. & Xi, Yunfei (2012) Molecular structure of the phosphate mineral brazilianite NaAl3(PO4)2(OH)4 : a semi precious jewel. Journal of Molecular Structure, 1010, pp. 179-183.

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The phosphate mineral brazilianite NaAl3(PO4)2(OH)4 is a semi precious jewel. There are almost no minerals apart from brazilianite which are used in jewellery. Vibrational spectroscopy was used to characterize the mol. structure of brazilianite. Brazilianite is composed of chains of edge-sharing Al-O octahedra linked by P-O tetrahedra, with Na located in cavities of the framework. An intense sharp Raman band at 1019 cm-1 is attributed to the PO43- sym. stretching mode. Raman bands at 973 and 988 cm-1 are assigned to the stretching vibrations of the HOPO33- units. The IR spectra compliment the Raman spectra but show greater complexity. Multiple Raman bands are obsd. in the PO43- and HOPO33- bending region. This observation implies that both phosphate and hydrogen phosphate units are involved in the structure. Raman OH stretching vibrations are found at 3249, 3417 and 3472 cm-1. These peaks show that the OH units are not equiv. in the brazilianite structure. Vibrational spectroscopy is useful for increasing the knowledge of the mol. structure of brazilianite.

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ID Code: 48769
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: brazilianite, phosphate, wardite, vibrational spectroscopy
DOI: 10.1016/j.molstruc.2011.12.003
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: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 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, VOL 1010, (2012). DOI: 10.1016/j.molstruc.2011.12.003
Deposited On: 20 Feb 2012 22:28
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2013 17:06

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