Thermogravimetric analysis of the copper silicate mineral dioptase Cu6[Si6O18]·6H2O

Frost, Ray L. & Xi, Yunfei (2012) Thermogravimetric analysis of the copper silicate mineral dioptase Cu6[Si6O18]·6H2O. Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 112(2), pp. 615-619.

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There have been a few studies on the thermal decomposition of dioptase Cu6[Si6O18]·6H2O. The results of these analyses are somewhat conflicting and the conclusions vary among these thermo-analytical studies. The objective of this research is to report the thermal analysis of dioptase from different origins and to show the mechanism of decomposition. Thermal decomposition occurs over a very wide temperature range from around 400 to 730 °C with the loss of water. Two additional mass loss steps are observed at around 793 and 835 °C with loss of oxygen. The infrared spectra of dioptase in the hydroxyl stretching region enables the hydrogen bond distances of water molecules in the dioptase structure to be calculated. The large variation in the hydrogen bond distances offers an explanation as to why the decomposition of dioptase with loss of water occurs over such a wide temperature range.

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ID Code: 59661
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Dioptase, Silicate minerals, Thermogravimetric analysis, Infrared spectroscopy
DOI: 10.1007/s10973-012-2599-5
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 2012 Akade´miai Kiado´, Budapest, Hungary
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink
Deposited On: 06 May 2013 03:30
Last Modified: 06 May 2013 03:30

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