Raman spectroscopic detection of wyartite in the presence of rabejacite

Frost, Ray L., Henry, Dermot A., & Erickson, Kristy L. (2004) Raman spectroscopic detection of wyartite in the presence of rabejacite. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, 35(4), pp. 255-260.

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Raman microscopy has been used to affirm the presence of wyartite CaU5+(UO2)2(CO3)O4(OH)(H2O)7 in the presence of rabejacite (Ca(UO2)4(SO4)2(OH)5.6H2O) obtained from the Ranger Mine, Northern Territory, Australia. This occurrence is somewhat unusual in that it means that a uranyl carbonate has been formed under acid conditions. Wyartite is a mineral known for the occurrence of pentavalent U5+. 1 A band is observed at 818 cm-1 in the Raman spectrum of wyartite assigned to the ν2 symmetric bending mode of the (CO3)2- units. The presence of carbonate is confirmed by the ν1 stretching vibration at 1071 cm-1 and the ν3 stretching vibrations at 1445 and 1345 cm-1. Two bands are observed at 853 and 837 cm-1 and are assigned to the ν1 stretching modes of the UO2 units. Raman spectroscopy enables the partial band separation of the ν2 (CO3)2- and ν1 modes of UO2. The Raman spectrum of rabejacite is characterised by an intense sharp band at 1010 cm-1 assigned to the ν1 stretching mode of (SO4)2- . Three bands observed at 1086, 1123 and 1175 cm-1 are attributed to the ν3 antisymmetric stretching modes of (SO4)2-. The mineral rabejacite is also characterised by ν2 bending modes at 457 and 394 cm-1 and ν4 bending modes at 666, 605, 537 and 505 cm-1. Raman spectroscopy has proven most useful for the detection of wyartite in the presence of other mineral phases.

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ID Code: 817
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: rabejacite, wyartite, dehydration, johannite, Raman spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy
DOI: 10.1002/jrs.1144
ISSN: 0377-0486
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000) > INORGANIC CHEMISTRY (030200)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 John Wiley & Sons
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Deposited On: 25 Oct 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:05

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