Tag Archives: Schoenfliesite



  • Named in 1971 by George T. Faust and Waldemar T. Schaller in honor of Arthur Moritz Schoenflies ( 17 April 1853 – 27 May 1928) Professor of Mathematics, University of Frankfurt. Schoenflies’ researches in group theory and topology resulted in his proof of the 230 space groups.
  • Formula: MgSn(OH)
  • Space group: Pn-3 (No. 201)
  • Crystal system: cubic
  • Crystal class: m-3
  • Lattice parameters: a = b = c = 7.7449(4) Å, α = β = γ = 90°

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).)

  • MgO6 octahedra (orange)
  • SnO6 octahedra (blue-gray)
  • Hydrogen (white)

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



Description of Schoenfliesite, MgSn(OH)6, and Roxbyite, Cu1.72S, from a 1375 BC Shipwreck, and Rietveld Neutron-diffraction Refinement of Synthetic Schoenfliesite, Wickmanite, MnSn(OH)6, and Burtite, CaSn(OH)6
L.C. Basciano, R.C. Peterson, P.L. Roeder
The Canadian Mineralogist 1998, 36, 1203-1210.




Example – Schoenfliesite, MgSn(OH)6

Named for Arthur Moritz Schoenflies (1853-1928), professor of mathematics, University of Frankfurt.

Description of Schoenfliesite, MgSn(OH)6, and roxbyite, Cu1.72S, from a 1375 BC shipwreck, and Rietveld neutron-diffraction refinement of synthetic schoenfliesite, wickmanite, MnSn(OH)6, and burtite, CaSn(OH)6

Basciano, L.C.; Peterson, R.T.; Roeder, P.L.; Swainson, I.
Canadian Mineralogist (1998) 36, p1203-p1210






MgO6 octahedra (green)
SnO6 octahedra (rosy-grey)


3D rotatable model of Schoenfliesite