Thermoanalytical study of the minerals apophyllite-(KF) KCa4Si8O20F·8H2O and apophyllite-(KOH) KCa4Si8O20(F,OH)·8H2O

Frost, Ray L. & Xi, Yunfei (2012) Thermoanalytical study of the minerals apophyllite-(KF) KCa4Si8O20F·8H2O and apophyllite-(KOH) KCa4Si8O20(F,OH)·8H2O. Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 112(2), pp. 607-614.

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Abstract

The name apophyllite refers to a specific group of phyllosilicates, a class of minerals that also includes the micas and are a class of minerals of similar chemical makeup that comprise a solid solution series, and includes the members apophyllite-(KF), apophyllite-(KOH) and apophyllite-(NaF). Fluorapophyllite apophyllite-(KF) and hydroxyapophyllite apophyllite-(KOH) are different minerals only because of the difference in percentages of fluorine to hydroxyl ions. Three apophyllite minerals have been characterised by thermogravimetric analysis and infrared spectroscopy. Dehydration takes place in several steps. Major mass losses occur at around 205–220 °C and at 400–429 °C. Minor mass losses are observed around 242–292 °C. It is proposed that dehydration occurs in the first decomposition step. Water is lost over the temperature range 125–250, 250–325 and 325–525 °C with the loss of 4.5, 0.5 and 3.0 mol of water. Water functions as zeolitic water and is also coordinated to the silica surfaces.

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ID Code: 59660
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Apophyllite, Fluorapophyllite, Hydroxyapophyllite, Silicate minerals, Thermogravimetric analysis
DOI: 10.1007/s10973-012-2615-9
ISSN: 1572-8943
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 Springer
Deposited On: 06 May 2013 00:39
Last Modified: 06 May 2013 00:55

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