Abstract

Dervillite, As2AsS2, has been found in a sample from the Lengenbach quarry in the Binn Valley, Valais, Switzerland. It occurs as very rare crystals up to 200 μm across on jordanite. Dervillite is opaque with a metallic lustre and shows a dark brown streak. The structure is monoclinic, space group Pc, with a = 9.6155(7), b = 12.9331(8), c = 6.8616(5) Å, β = 99.352(8)°, V = 842.0(1) Å3 and Z = 8. In the crystal structure [R1 = 0.060 for 2370 reflections with I > 2σ(I)], silver adopts various coordinations extending from quasi linear to quasi tetrahedral whereas arsenic forms very peculiar crystal-chemical environments, such as As(S2As) and As(S2AsAg). Such metalloid–metalloid or metal–metalloid bonds account for the apparent charge imbalance observed in the chemical formula.

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