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X-ray Structure Refinement and Vibrational Spectroscopy of Metavauxite FeAl2(PO4)2(OH)2·8H2O

Dipartimento di Scienze, Università Roma Tre, Largo S. L. Murialdo 1, 00146 Rome, Italy
Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Via E. Fermi 40, I-00044 Rome, Italy
Institute of Crystallography-CNR, Via Salaria Km 29.300, 00016 Monterotondo (Roma), Italy
Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Ambiente e della Terra (DISAT), Piazza della Scienza 4, 20126 Milano, Italy
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra e Geoambientali, Università di Bari, via E. Orabona 4, 70125 Bari, Italy
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Crystals 2019, 9(6), 297;
Received: 11 May 2019 / Revised: 1 June 2019 / Accepted: 3 June 2019 / Published: 6 June 2019
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In this paper, we provide a crystal-chemical investigation of metavauxite, ideally FeAl2(PO4)2(OH)2·8H2O, from Llallagua (Bolivia) by using a multi-methodological approach based on EDS microchemical analysis, single crystal X-ray diffraction, and Raman and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. Our new diffraction results allowed us to locate all hydrogen atoms from the structure refinements in the monoclinic P21/c space group. Metavauxite structure displays a complex framework consisting of a stacking of [Al(PO4)3(OH)(H2O)2]7− layers linked to isolated [Fe(H2O)6]2+ cationic octahedral complex solely by hydrogen bonding. The hydrogen-bonding scheme was inferred from bond-valence calculations and donor-acceptor distances. Accordingly, strong hydrogen bonds, due to four coordinated H2O molecules, bridge the [Fe(H2O)6]2+ units to the Al/P octahedral/tetrahedral layer. The hydroxyl group, coordinated by two Al atoms, contributes to the intra-layer linkage. FTIR and Raman spectra in the high-frequency region (3700–3200 cm−1) are very similar, and show a complex broad band consisting of several overlapping components due to the H2O molecules connecting the isolated Fe(H2O)6 and the adjacent Al/P octahedral/tetrahedral layers. A sharp peak at 3540 cm−1 is assigned to the stretching mode of the OH group. The patterns collected in the low-frequency region are dominated by the stretching and bending modes of the PO43− group and the metal-oxygen polyhedra. View Full-Text
Keywords: metavauxite; phosphate; single-crystal X-ray structure refinement; hydrogen bonding network; FTIR and Raman spectroscopy metavauxite; phosphate; single-crystal X-ray structure refinement; hydrogen bonding network; FTIR and Raman spectroscopy

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Della Ventura, G.; Capitelli, F.; Capitani, G.; Ventruti, G.; Monno, A. X-ray Structure Refinement and Vibrational Spectroscopy of Metavauxite FeAl2(PO4)2(OH)2·8H2O. Crystals 2019, 9, 297.

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