Vibrational spectroscopy of the borate mineral kotoite Mg3(BO3)2

Frost, Ray L. & Xi, Yunfei (2013) Vibrational spectroscopy of the borate mineral kotoite Mg3(BO3)2. Spectrochimica Acta Part A : Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, 103, pp. 151-155.

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Abstract

Vibrational spectroscopy has been used to assess the structure of kotoite a borate mineral of magnesium which is isostructural with jimboite. The mineral is orthorhombic with point group: 2/m 2/m 2/m. The mineral has the potential as a new memory insulator material.

The mineral has been characterised by a combination of Raman and infrared spectroscopy.

The Raman spectrum is dominated by a very intense band at 835 cm−1, assigned to the symmetric stretching mode of tetrahedral boron. Raman bands at 919, 985 and 1015 cm−1 are attributed to the antisymmetric stretching modes of tetrahedral boron.

Kotoite is strictly an hydrous borate mineral. An intense Raman band observed at 3559 cm−1 is attributed to the stretching vibration of hydroxyl units, more likely to be associated with the borate mineral hydroxyborate. The lack of observation of water bending modes proves the absence of water in the kotoite structure.

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ID Code: 58675
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Raman spectroscopy, Borate, Kotoite, Hydroxyborate, Infrared spectroscopy
DOI: 10.1016/j.saa.2012.11.031
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: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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 104, ISSUE -, (2013)] DOI: 10.1016/j.saa.2012.11.031.
Deposited On: 04 Apr 2013 00:55
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2013 22:06

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