Raman spectroscopy of the minerals boleite, cumengeite, diaboleite and phosgenite –implications for the analysis of cosmetics of antiquity

Frost, Ray L., Martens, Wayde N., & Williams, Peter A. (2003) Raman spectroscopy of the minerals boleite, cumengeite, diaboleite and phosgenite –implications for the analysis of cosmetics of antiquity. Mineralogical Magazine, 61(1), pp. 103-111.


The application of Raman spectroscopy to the study of the mixed cationic lead-copper and lead-copper-silver minerals: boleite, cumengeite, diaboleite has enabled their molecular structure to be compared. Each of these three minerals shows different hydroxyl-stretching vibrational patterns, but some similarity exists in the Raman spectra of the hydroxyl deformation modes. The low wavenumber region is characterised by the bands assigned to the cation-chloride stretching and bending modes. Phosgenite is also a mixed chloride-carbonate mineral and a comparison is made with the molecular structure of the aforementioned minerals. Raman spectroscopy lends itself to the study of these types of minerals in complex mineral systems of secondary mineral formation.

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ID Code: 5411
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: boléite, cumengéite, diaboléite, lead, chloride, phosgenite, Raman spectroscopy
ISSN: 0026-461X
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 The Mineralogical Society
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 10 Nov 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 12:59

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