Vibrational spectroscopic study of the mineral penkvilksite Na2TiSi4O11·2H2O – a mineral used for the uptake of radionuclides

Frost, Ray L. & Xi, Yunfei (2013) Vibrational spectroscopic study of the mineral penkvilksite Na2TiSi4O11·2H2O – a mineral used for the uptake of radionuclides. Radiation Effects and Defects in Solids, 168(1), pp. 72-79.

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We have used vibrational spectroscopy to study the formula and molecular structure of the mineral penkvilksite Na 2TiSi 4O 11·2H 2O. Penkvilksite is a mineral which may be used in the uptake of radioactive elements. Both Raman and infrared spectroscopies identify a band at 3638 cm−1 attributed to an OH-stretching vibration of hydroxyl units. The inference is that OH units are involved in the structure of penkvilksite. The formula may be well written as Na 2TiSi 4O 10(OH)2·H 2O. The mineral is characterised by a very intense Raman band at 1085 cm−1 and a broad infrared band at 1080 cm−1 assigned to SiO-stretching vibrations. Raman bands at 620, 667 and 711 cm−1 are attributed to SiO and TiO chain bonds. Water-stretching vibrations are observed as Raman bands at 3197, 3265, 3425 and 3565 cm−1. Vibrational spectroscopy enables aspects of the molecular structure of the mineral penkvilksite to be ascertained. Penkvilksite is a mineral which can incorporate actinides and lanthanides from radioactive waste.

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ID Code: 58690
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: penkvilksite, silicate, radionuclide, radioactive waste, Raman spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy
DOI: 10.1080/10420150.2012.741130
ISSN: 1029-4953
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 2013 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 04 Apr 2013 03:59
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2013 01:35

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