Abstract

This paper presents the results of the first experimental thermochemical investigation of two natural trioctahedral chlorites (clinochlores). The study was performed with the help of a high-temperature heat-flux Tian-Calvet microcalorimeter. The samples were characterized by X-ray spectroscopy analysis, X-ray powder diffraction, thermal analysis, and FTIR spectroscopy. The enthalpies of formation of clinochlores were found using the melt solution calorimetry method to be: −8806 ± 16 kJ/mol for composition (Mg4.9Fe0.32+Al0.8)[Si3.2Al0.8O10](OH)8 and −8748 ± 24 kJ/mol for composition (Mg4.2Fe0.62+Al1.2)[Si2.8Al1.2O10](OH)8 The experimental data for natural samples allowed calculating the enthalpies of formation for end-members and intermediate members of the clinochlore (Mg5Al)[Si3AlO10](OH)8 and chamosite (Fe5Al)[Si3AlO10](OH)8 series. An important feature of the clinochlore structure is the presence of two distinct hydroxyl-containing octahedral layers: the interlayer octahedral sheet and octahedral 2:1 layer; the enthalpies of water removal from these positions in clinochlore structure were determined as: 53 ± 20 kJ/(mol·H2O) and 131 ± 10 kJ/(mol·H2O), respectively. These obtained first thermodynamic characteristics of Mg-Fe clinochlores can be used for quantitative thermodynamic modeling of geological and industrial processes including clinochlores of different composition.

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