Tag Archives: Crystal structure

Eucryptite – not an altcoin but millionfold used in the kitchen

β-Eucryptite

  • Named from the Greek for “well” and “concealed”, in reference to its occurrence as intimate intergrowths with the mineral albite
  • It is the main component of the fameous glass-ceramic cooktops for stoves, known in the EU under the trademark Ceran® from Schott AG
  • Formula: LiAlSiO4
  • Space group: P6222 (No. 180)
  • Crystal system: hexagonal
  • Crystal class: 622
  • Lattice parameters: a = b = 10.500 Å, c = 11.194 Å, αβ = 90°, γ = 120°

Crystal structure (click on the picture to download the VESTA file):

(K. Momma and F. Izumi, “VESTA 3 for three-dimensional visualization of crystal, volumetric and morphology data,” J. Appl. Crystallogr., 44, 1272-1276 (2011).)

  • SiO4 tetrahedra (orange)
  • AlOtetrahedra (light blue)
  • Li (purple/pink)
  • Oxygen (red)

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Valentinite

Valentinite

  • named in honour of Basilius Valentinus, a writer on alchemy. He is the supposed author of the first book to give a detailed description of antimony and its compounds.
  • Formula: Sb2O3
  • Space group: Pccn (No. 56)
  • Crystal system: orthorhombic
  • Crystal class: mmm
  • Lattice parameters: a = 4.89960 Å, b = 12.4490 Å, c = 5.41030 Å, α = β = γ = 90°

Picture: Christian Rewitzer | CC BY-SA-3.0


Crystal structure (click on the picture to download the VESTA file):

(K. Momma and F. Izumi, “VESTA 3 for three-dimensional visualization of crystal, volumetric and morphology data,”J. Appl. Crystallogr., 44, 1272-1276 (2011).)

  • corner-connected SbO3 pyramids (purple)
  • Oxygen (red)

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Thaumasite – a suprising mineral

Thaumasite

  • first described in 1878 in Sweden and named from the Greek, “thaumazein”, to be surprised, in reference to its unusual composition with carbonate, sulfate and hydroxysilicate anions
  • Formula: Ca3Si(OH)6(CO3)(SO4)
  • Space group: P63 (No. 173)
  • Crystal system: hexagonal
  • Crystal class: 6
  • Lattice parameters: ab = 11.0538 Å, c = 10.4111 Å, α = β = 90°, γ = 120°

Picture: Rob Lavinsky| iRocks.com  | CC BY-SA-3.0


Crystal structure (click on the picture to download the VESTA file):

(K. Momma and F. Izumi, “VESTA 3 for three-dimensional visualization of crystal, volumetric and morphology data,”J. Appl. Crystallogr., 44, 1272-1276 (2011).)

  • CaO8 polyhedra (blue)
  • SiO6 octahedra (orange)
  • SOtetrahedra (yellow)
  • COtrigonalplanar coordination (gray)
  • Oxygen (red)
  • Hydrogen (white)

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Pascoite – a mineral with decavanadate anions

Pascoite

  • Named after its type locality Pasco Province, Peru
  • Formula: Ca3V10O28 · 17 H2O
  • Space group: C2/(No. 12)
  • Crystal system: monoclinic
  • Crystal class: 2/m
  • Lattice parameters: a = 19.586 Å, b = 10.141 Å, c = 10.911 Å, α = γ  = 90°, β = 120.815°

Picture: Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com – CC-BY-SA-3.0


Crystal structure (click on the picture to download the VESTA file):

(K. Momma and F. Izumi, “VESTA 3 for three-dimensional visualization of crystal, volumetric and morphology data,”J. Appl. Crystallogr., 44, 1272-1276 (2011).)

 

  • Clusters of Decavanadate anions [V10O28]6- (orange)
  • CaO7 polyhedra (blue)
  • Oxygen (red)
  • Hydrogen (white)

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Osarizawaite – Icosahedra + Octahedra + Tetrahedra

Osarizawaite

  • Named after its type locality Osarizawa mine, Akita Prefecture, Japan
  • Formula: PbCuAl2(SO4)2(OH)6
  • Space group: R-3(No. 166)
  • Crystal system: trigonal
  • Crystal class: -3m
  • Lattice parameters: a = 7.075 Å, b = 7.075 Å, c = 17.248 Å, α = β  = 90°, γ = 120°


Crystal structure (click on the picture to download the VESTA file):

(K. Momma and F. Izumi, “VESTA 3 for three-dimensional visualization of crystal, volumetric and morphology data,”J. Appl. Crystallogr., 44, 1272-1276 (2011).)

 

 

  • PbO12 (slightly distorted) icosahedra (gray)
  • SO4 tetrahedra (yellow)
  • Cu/AlO6 octahedra (blue)
  • Oxygen (red)
  • Hydrogen (white)

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Nadorite

Nadorite

  • Named after its type locality Djebel Nador, Constantine, Algeria
  • Formula: PbSbO2Cl
  • Space group: Cmcm (No. 63)
  • Crystal system: orthorhombic
  • Crystal class: mmm
  • Lattice parameters: a = 5.603 Å, b = 12.245 Å, c = 5.448 Å, α = β = γ = 90°

 

Picture: Christian Rewitzer – CC-BY-SA-3.0

 


Crystal structure (click on the picture to download the VESTA file):

(K. Momma and F. Izumi, “VESTA 3 for three-dimensional visualization of crystal, volumetric and morphology data,”J. Appl. Crystallogr., 44, 1272-1276 (2011).)

 

 

  • PbO4Cl4 square antiprisms (gray)
  • SbO4 square pyramids (purple)
  • Oxygen (red)
  • Chlorine (green)

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Mellite

Mellite

  • Also known as honeystone due to its often honey-yellow color
  • Mellite is the aluminium salt of mellitic acid, i.e. benzene hexacarboxylic acid
  • Formula: Al2C6(COO)6 · 16 H2O
  • Space group: I41/acd (No. 142)
  • Crystal system: tetragonal
  • Crystal class: 4/mmm
  • Lattice parameters: a = b = 15.553 Å, c = 23.110 Å, α = β = γ = 90°

Picture: Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com – CC-BY-SA-3.0


Crystal structure (click on the picture to download the VESTA file):

(K. Momma and F. Izumi, “VESTA 3 for three-dimensional visualization of crystal, volumetric and morphology data,” J. Appl. Crystallogr., 44, 1272-1276 (2011).)

 

 

  • AlO6 octahedra (blue)
  • Oxygen (red)
  • Carbon (black)
  • Hydrogen (white)

For a 3D interactive version on sketchfab, see here:

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