Mössbauer spectroscopic study of some iron and antimony – containing minerals

Bayliss, R.; Berry, F. J.; Bowden, A.; Greaves, C. and Thomas, M. F. (2010). Mössbauer spectroscopic study of some iron and antimony – containing minerals. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 217 012049.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/217/1/012049


Iron-57 Mössbauer spectra have been recorded from three minerals containing both iron and antimony. Schafarzikite of composition FeSb2O4 contains Fe2+. The 121Sb Mössbauer spectrum shows only the presence of Sb3+. The 57Fe Mössbauer spectrum corresponds with that recorded from a material of identical composition synthesised by a solid state reaction during the course of this work. Apuanite of formulation Fe20Sb16O48S4 contains both Fe2+ Fe3+ in the ratio 1:3.35 The result is consistent with crystal structure determinations and the formulation of apuanite as Fe42+Fe163+Sb16O48S4. Versiliaite of composition Fe12Sb12O32S2 contains Fe2+and Fe3+ in the ratio 1:2.12 and, also consistent with structural characterisations, can be formulated Fe42+Fe83+Sb123+O32S2.

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