Raman spectroscopy of the arsenate minerals maxwellite and in comparison with tilasite

Frost, Ray L., Scholz, Ricardo, López, Andrés, & Xi, Yunfei (2014) Raman spectroscopy of the arsenate minerals maxwellite and in comparison with tilasite. Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, 123, pp. 416-420.

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Abstract

Maxwellite NaFe3+(AsO4)F is an arsenate mineral containing fluoride and forms a continuous series with tilasite CaMg(AsO4)F. Both maxwellite and tilasite form a continuous series with durangite NaAl3+(AsO4)-F. We have used the combination of scanning electron microscopy with EDS and vibrational spectroscopy to chemically analyse the mineral maxwellite and make an assessment of the molecular structure. Chemical analysis shows that maxwellite is composed of Fe, Na and Ca with minor amounts of Mn and Al. Raman bands for tilasite at 851 and 831 cm�1 are assigned to the Raman active m1 symmetric stretching vibration (A1) and the Raman active triply degenerate m3 antisymmetric stretching vibration (F2). The Raman band of maxwellite at 871 cm�1 is assigned to the m1 symmetric stretching vibration and the Raman band at 812 cm�1 is assigned to the m3 antisymmetric stretching vibration. The intense Raman band of tilasite at 467 cm�1 is assigned to the Raman active triply degenerate m4 bending vibration (F2). Raman band at 331 cm�1 for tilasite is assigned to the Raman active doubly degenerate m2 symmetric bending vibration (E). Both Raman and infrared spectroscopy do not identify any bands in the hydroxyl stretching region as is expected.

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ID Code: 69707
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Raman spectroscopy, Maxwellite, Tilasite, Durangite, Arsenate
DOI: 10.1016/j.saa.2013.12.081
ISSN: 13861425
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: NOTICE: 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, Volume 123, 5 April 2014. DOI: 10.1016/j.saa.2013.12.081
Deposited On: 03 Apr 2014 01:50
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2016 14:00

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