Vibrational spectroscopic characterization of the phosphate mineral ludlamite (Fe,Mn,Mg)3(PO4)2⋅4H2O – a mineral found in lithium bearing pegmatites

Frost, Ray L., Xi, Yunfei, Scholz, Ricardo, & Belotti, Fernanda M. (2013) Vibrational spectroscopic characterization of the phosphate mineral ludlamite (Fe,Mn,Mg)3(PO4)2⋅4H2O – a mineral found in lithium bearing pegmatites. Spectrochimica Acta Part A : Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, 103, pp. 143-150.

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The objective of this work is to analyze ludlamite (Fe,Mn,Mg)3(PO4)2⋅4H2O from Boa Vista mine, Galiléia, Brazil and to assess the molecular structure of the mineral. The phosphate mineral ludlamite has been characterized by EMP-WDS, Raman and infrared spectroscopic measurements. The mineral is shown to be a ferrous phosphate with some minor substitution of Mg and Mn.

Raman bands at 917 and 950 cm−1 are assigned to the symmetric stretching mode of and units. Raman bands at 548, 564, 599 and 634 cm−1 are assigned to the ν4 bending modes. Raman bands at 2605, 2730, 2896 and 3190 cm−1 and infrared bands at 2623, 2838, 3136 and 3185 cm−1 are attributed to water stretching vibrations. By using a Libowitzky empirical function, hydrogen bond distances are calculated from the OH stretching wavenumbers. Strong hydrogen bonds in the structure of ludlamite are observed as determined by their hydrogen bond distances. The application of infrared and Raman spectroscopy to the study of ludlamite enables the molecular structure of the pegmatite mineral ludlamite to be assessed.

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ID Code: 58684
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Raman, Infrared, Molecular structure, Ludlamite, Pegmatite
DOI: 10.1016/j.saa.2012.11.023
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 103, ISSUE -, (2013)] DOI: 10.1016/j.saa.2012.11.023
Deposited On: 04 Apr 2013 01:36
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