Microwave Techniques for the Synthesis and Deuteration of Minerals, with Particular Reference to Scorodite, FeAsO4·2H2O

David R. Baghurst, Jack Barrett, Esther E. Coleyshaw, William P. Griffith and D. Michael P. Mingos
Department of Chemistry, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London SW7 2AY, UK

Abstract: Microwave dielectric heating methods for the preparation of a number of arsenate, phosphate, vanadate, molybdate and carbonate minerals and their deuterated analogues are reported; rapid and efficient syntheses of these have been achieved. The application of this to the study of vibrational spectroscopy of minerals is discussed, with particular reference to scorodite.

Keywords: microwave techniques • synthesis • deuteration • scorodite

Mineralogical Magazine; October 1996 v. 60; no. 402; p. 821-828; DOI: 10.1180/minmag.1996.060.402.13
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