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A low-temperature IR spectroscopic investigation of the H (sub 2) O molecules in the zeolite mesolite

Charles A. Geiger
A low-temperature IR spectroscopic investigation of the H (sub 2) O molecules in the zeolite mesolite
European Journal of Mineralogy (June 2012) 24 (3): 439-445

Abstract

IR powder spectra of the zeolite mesolite (Na (sub 16) Ca (sub 16) [Al (sub 48) Si (sub 72) O (sub 240) ].64H (sub 2) O) were recorded at temperatures between 10 K and 300 K in order to better determine the local behavior of the H (sub 2) O molecules in the channel ways. The low-temperature IR spectra show well-resolved OH stretching vibrations of the H (sub 2) O molecules between 3100 and 3600 cm (super -1) and bending vibrations between 1500 cm (super -1) and 1700 cm (super -1) . Five OH stretching modes are observed at room temperature and eight at 10 K. Three H (sub 2) O bending vibrations were observed at all temperatures. Using published crystal-structural data for mesolite and IR/Raman results on structurally similar natrolite, Na (sub 16) [Al (sub 16) Si (sub 24) O (sub 80) ].16H (sub 2) O, and scolecite, Ca (sub 8) [Al (sub 16) Si (sub 24) O (sub 80) ].24H (sub 2) O, a first attempt was made to assign the internal H (sub 2) O stretching and bending modes. The two OH stretching modes originating from H (sub 2) O in the natrolite-like units in mesolite appear to be red-shifted compared to their equivalents in the spectrum of natrolite. This could be due to slightly stronger H-bonding in mesolite. The OH modes related to H (sub 2) O in the scolecite-like units of mesolite appear to show less change in wavenumber compared to their equivalents in the IR spectrum of scolecite. The average OH stretching vibration wavenumbers for natrolite, scolecite and mesolite are approximately similar being around 3420 (+ or -10) cm (super -1) . This is not far removed from the value of 3400 cm (super -1) observed for liquid H (sub 2) O, while values for the various polymorphs of ice lie between 3220 and 3250 cm (super -1) .


ISSN: 0935-1221
EISSN: 1617-4011
Serial Title: European Journal of Mineralogy
Serial Volume: 24
Serial Issue: 3
Title: A low-temperature IR spectroscopic investigation of the H (sub 2) O molecules in the zeolite mesolite
Author(s): Geiger, Charles A.
Affiliation: Universitaet Salzburg, Abteilung Mineralogie, Salzburg, Austria
Pages: 439-445
Published: 201206
Text Language: English
Publisher: Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung (Naegele u. Obermiller), Stuttgart, Germany
References: 22
Accession Number: 2012-056717
Categories: Mineralogy of silicates
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table
Country of Publication: Germany
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 201229
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