A vibrational spectroscopic study of the so-called ‘healing’ mineral papagoite CaCuAlSi2O6(OH)3

Frost, Ray L. & Xi, Yunfei (2013) A vibrational spectroscopic study of the so-called ‘healing’ mineral papagoite CaCuAlSi2O6(OH)3. Spectroscopy Letters, 46(5), pp. 344-349.

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Papagoite is a silicate mineral named after an American Indian tribe and was used as a healing mineral. Papagoite CaCuAlSi2O6(OH)3 is a hydroxy mixed anion compound with both silicate and hydroxyl anions in the formula. The structural characterization of the mineral papagoite remains incomplete. Papagoite is a four-membered ring silicate with Cu2+ in square planar coordination.

The intense sharp Raman band at 1053 cm−1 is assigned to the ν1 (A 1g) symmetric stretching vibration of the SiO4 units. The splitting of the ν3 vibrational mode offers support to the concept that the SiO4 tetrahedron in papagoite is strongly distorted. A very intense Raman band observed at 630 cm−1 with a shoulder at 644 cm−1 is assigned to the ν4 vibrational modes.

Intense Raman bands at 419 and 460 cm−1 are attributed to the ν2 bending modes.

Intense Raman bands at 3545 and 3573 cm−1 are assigned to the stretching vibrations of the OH units. Low-intensity Raman bands at 3368 and 3453 cm−1 are assigned to water stretching modes. It is suggested that the formula of papagoite is more likely to be CaCuAlSi2O6(OH)3 · xH2O. Hence, vibrational spectroscopy has been used to characterize the molecular structure of papagoite.

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ID Code: 58784
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: cupric ions, healing mineral, papagoite, stringhamite, vibrational spectroscopy
DOI: 10.1080/00387010.2012.733477
ISSN: 1532-2289
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000) > PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY (INCL. STRUCTURAL) (030600) > Structural Chemistry and Spectroscopy (030606)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 05 May 2013 23:32
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 15:06

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