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Chemistry, Raman and infrared spectroscopic characterization of the phosphate mineral reddingite: (MnFe)3(PO4)2(H2O,OH)3, a mineral found in lithium-bearing pegmatite

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  • 030606 Structural Chemistry And Spectroscopy
  • Raman
  • Infrared
  • Molecular Structure
  • Reddingite–Phosphoferrite
  • Phosphate
  • Pegmatite
  • Physics


Detailed investigation of an intermediate member of the reddingite–phosphoferrite series, using infrared and Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microcopy and electron microprobe analysis, has been carried out on a homogeneous sample from a lithium-bearing pegmatite named Cigana mine, near Conselheiro Pena, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The determined formula is (Mn1.60Fe1.21Ca0.01Mg0.01)∑2.83(PO4)2.12⋅(H2O2.85F0.01)∑2.86 indicating predominance in the reddingite member. Raman spectroscopy coupled with infrared spectroscopy supports the concept of phosphate, hydrogen phosphate and dihydrogen phosphate units in the structure of reddingite-phosphoferrite. Infrared and Raman bands attributed to water and hydroxyl stretching modes are identified. Vibrational spectroscopy adds useful information to the molecular structure of reddingite–phosphoferrite.

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