Vibrational spectroscopy of the borate mineral gaudefroyite Ca4Mn3+3-x(BO3)3(CO3)(O,OH) from N’Chwaning II mine, Kalahari, Republic of South Africa

Frost, Ray L., Scholz, Ricardo, Lópes, Andrés, Xi, Yunfei, Gobac, Željka Žigovečki, & de Carvalho Lana, Cristiano (2014) Vibrational spectroscopy of the borate mineral gaudefroyite Ca4Mn3+3-x(BO3)3(CO3)(O,OH) from N’Chwaning II mine, Kalahari, Republic of South Africa. Spectrochimica Acta Part A : Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, 120, pp. 265-269.

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Abstract

Gaudefroyite Ca4Mn3+3-x(BO3)3(CO3)(O,OH)3 is an unusual mineral containing both borate and carbonate groups and is found in the oxidation zones of manganese minerals, and it is black in color. Vibrational spectroscopy has been used to explore the molecular structure of gaudefroyite. Gaudefroyite crystals are short dipyramidal or prismatic with prominent pyramidal terminations, to 5 cm. Two very sharp Raman bands at 927 and 1076 cm-1are assigned to trigonal borate and carbonate respectively. Broad Raman bands at 1194, 1219 and 1281 cm-1 are attributed to BOH in-plane bending modes. Raman bands at 649 and 670 cm-1 are assigned to the bending modes of trigonal and tetrahedral boron. Infrared spectroscopy supports these band assignments. Raman bands in the OH stretching region are of a low intensity. The combination of Raman and infrared spectroscopy enables the assessment of the molecular structure of gaudefroyite to be made.

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ID Code: 65133
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Raman spectroscopy, Infrared spectroscopy, Borate, Gaudefroyite, N’Chwaning II mine
DOI: 10.1016/j.saa.2013.10.031
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.
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Spectrochimica Acta Part A : Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Spectrochimica Acta Part A : Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, [VOL 120, (2014)] DOI: 10.1016/j.saa.2013.10.031
Deposited On: 05 Dec 2013 22:37
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