An SEM, EDS and vibrational spectroscopic study of the silicate mineral meliphanite (Ca,Na)2Be[(Si,Al)2O6(F,OH)]

Frost, Ray L., López, Andrés, Theiss, Frederick L., Romano, Antônio Wilson, & Scholz, Ricardo (2015) An SEM, EDS and vibrational spectroscopic study of the silicate mineral meliphanite (Ca,Na)2Be[(Si,Al)2O6(F,OH)]. Spectrochimica Acta Part A : Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, 136(Part B), pp. 216-220.

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The mineral meliphanite (Ca,Na)2Be[(Si,Al)2O6(F,OH)] is a crystalline sodium calcium beryllium silicate which has the potential to be used as piezoelectric material and for other ferroelectric applications. The mineral has been characterized by a combination of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and vibrational spectroscopy. EDS analysis shows a material with high concentrations of Si and Ca and low amounts of Na, Al and F. Beryllium was not detected. Raman bands at 1016 and 1050 cm−1 are assigned to the SiO and AlOH stretching vibrations of three dimensional siloxane units. The infrared spectrum of meliphanite is very broad in comparison with the Raman spectrum. Raman bands at 472 and 510 cm−1 are assigned to OSiO bending modes. Raman spectroscopy identifies bands in the OH stretching region. Raman spectroscopy with complimentary infrared spectroscopy enables the characterization of the silicate mineral meliphanite.

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ID Code: 78921
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Meliphanite, Melitite, Leucophanite, Raman spectroscopy, Infrared spectroscopy
DOI: 10.1016/j.saa.2014.09.018
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 2014 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 136(Part B), (2015)] DOI: 10.1016/j.saa.2014.09.018
Deposited On: 25 Nov 2014 23:01
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