Vibrational spectroscopic study of poldervaartite CaCa[SiO3(OH)(OH)]

Frost, Ray L., López, Andrés, Scholz, Ricardo, & Lima, Rosa Malena Fernandes (2015) Vibrational spectroscopic study of poldervaartite CaCa[SiO3(OH)(OH)]. Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, 137, pp. 827-831.

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We have studied the mineral poldervaartite CaCa[SiO3(OH)(OH)] which forms a series with its manganese analogue olmiite CaMn[SiO3(OH)](OH) using a range of techniques including scanning electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, Raman and infrared spectroscopy. Chemical analysis shows the mineral is reasonably pure and contains only calcium and manganese with low amounts of Al and F. Thermogravimetric analysis proves the mineral decomposes at 485 oC with a mass loss of 7.6% compared with the theoretical mass loss of 7.7%. A strong Raman band at 852 cm-1 is assigned to the SiO stretching vibration of the SiO3(OH) units. Two Raman bands at 914 and 953 cm-1 are attributed to the antisymmetric vibrations. Intense prominent peaks observed at 3487, 3502, 3509, 3521 and 3547 cm-1 are assigned to the OH stretching vibration of the SiO3(OH) units. The observation of multiple OH bands supports the concept of the non-equivalence of the OH units. Vibrational spectroscopy enables a detailed assessment of the molecular structure of poldervaartite.

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ID Code: 83665
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Poldervaartite, Silicate, Thermogravimetric analyses, Scanning electron microscopy, Infrared and Raman spectroscopy
DOI: 10.1016/j.saa.2014.09.017
ISSN: 1386-1425
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Elsevier B.V.
Deposited On: 17 Apr 2015 02:52
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2017 15:01

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