SEM-EDX, Raman and infrared spectroscopic characterization of the phosphate mineral frondelite (Mn2+)(Fe3+)4(PO4)3(OH)5

Frost, Ray L., Xi, Yunfei, Scholz, Ricardo, Belotti, Fernanda M., & Beganovic, Martina (2013) SEM-EDX, Raman and infrared spectroscopic characterization of the phosphate mineral frondelite (Mn2+)(Fe3+)4(PO4)3(OH)5. Spectrochimica Acta Part A : Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, 110, pp. 7-13.

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We have analyzed a frondelite mineral sample from the Cigana mine, located in the municipality of Conselheiro Pena, a well-known pegmatite in Brazil. In the Cigana pegmatite, secondary phosphates, namely eosphorite, fairfieldite, fluorapatite, frondelite, gormanite, hureaulite, lithiophilite, reddingite and vivianite are common minerals in miarolitic cavities and in massive blocks after triphylite. The chemical formula was determined as (Mn0.68, Fe0.32)(Fe3+)3,72(PO4)3.17(OH)4.99.

The structure of the mineral was assessed using vibrational spectroscopy. Bands attributed to the stretching and bending modes of PO4 3- and HOPO3 3- units were identified. The observation of multiple bands supports the concept of symmetry reduction of the phosphate anion in the frondelite structure. Sharp Raman and infrared bands at 3581 cm−1 is assigned to the OH stretching vibration. Broad Raman bands at 3063, 3529 and 3365 cm−1 are attributed to water stretching vibrational modes.

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ID Code: 58847
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: frondelite, rockbridgeite, Raman, Infrared, phosphate, pegmatite
DOI: 10.1016/j.saa.2013.02.008
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 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved
Deposited On: 23 Apr 2013 22:13
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2013 17:01

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