Infrared Absorption of O—H Bonds in Some Micas and Other Phyllosilicates

Per Jørgensen
Institute of Geology, Oslo, Blindern, Norway

Abstract: The frequencies, relative intensities and pleochroism of OH stretching bands in some micas and chlorites were studied, and the following conclusions are drawn:

Trioctahedral 2:1 and 2:1:1 phyllosilicates, where all octahedral positions are filled with Mg, will have an absorption band about 3700 cm−1. These OH-groups have their axes normal to the mineral's cleavage.

Substitution of Fe2+ for Mg results in a band about 3665 cm−1. Intensity ratios indicate that two Fe2+ most commonly substitute for two Mg in the same polyhedral group (pyramid).

Decreasing octahedral occupancy in the phlogopite-lepidomelane group, with increasing substitution of R3+ for Mg, causes bands with lower frequencies. These are not very sensitive to the incident angle for the infrared beam. In Li-micas where less than 50 per cent of the octahedral positions are filled with Li, and the rest of the positions are filled with Al and Fe2+, it seems probable that OH-groups residing in a pyramid with two Li and one Al cause a band about 3580 cm−1. Combinations of two Al and one Li or one Li, one Al and one Fe2+ cause absorption about 3480 cm−1.

Dioctahedral 2:1 phyllosilicates having Al or Fe3+ in octahedral positions cause absorption about 3620 cm−1.

Clays and Clay Minerals; 1964 v. 13; no. 1; p. 263-273; DOI: 10.1346/CCMN.1964.0130125
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