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Experimental Evidence for Partially Dehydrogenated ε-FeOOH

Center for High Pressure Science and Technology Advanced Research, Beijing 100094, China
Hawai’i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington, DC 20015, USA
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Crystals 2019, 9(7), 356;
Received: 18 June 2019 / Revised: 5 July 2019 / Accepted: 12 July 2019 / Published: 13 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue High Pressure Synthesis in Crystalline Materials)
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Hydrogen in hydrous minerals becomes highly mobile as it approaches the geotherm of the lower mantle. Its diffusion and transportation behaviors under high pressure are important in order to understand the crystallographic properties of hydrous minerals. However, they are difficult to characterize due to the limit of weak X-ray signals from hydrogen. In this study, we measured the volume changes of hydrous ε-FeOOH under quasi-hydrostatic and non-hydrostatic conditions. Its equation of states was set as the cap line to compare with ε-FeOOH reheated and decompression from the higher pressure pyrite-FeO2Hx phase with 0 < x < 1. We found the volumes of those re-crystallized ε-FeOOH were generally 2.2% to 2.7% lower than fully hydrogenated ε-FeOOH. Our observations indicated that ε-FeOOH transformed from pyrite-FeO2Hx may inherit the hydrogen loss that occurred at the pyrite-phase. Hydrous minerals with partial dehydrogenation like ε-FeOOHx may bring it to a shallower depth (e.g., < 1700 km) of the lower mantle. View Full-Text
Keywords: ε-FeOOH; high pressure; synchrotron X-ray diffraction; dehydrogenation ε-FeOOH; high pressure; synchrotron X-ray diffraction; dehydrogenation

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Zhuang, Y.; Cui, Z.; Zhang, D.; Liu, J.; Tao, R.; Hu, Q. Experimental Evidence for Partially Dehydrogenated ε-FeOOH. Crystals 2019, 9, 356.

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