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Acta Crystallogr B. 2012 Feb;68(Pt 1):15-23. doi: 10.1107/S010876811104688X. Epub 2012 Jan 6.

Structure of the new mineral sarrabusite, Pb5CuCl4(SeO3)4, solved by manual electron-diffraction tomography.

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Center for Nanotechnlogy Innovation@NEST, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Piazza S. Silvestro 12, I-56127 Pisa, Italy. mauro.gemmi@iit.it

Abstract

The new mineral sarrabusite Pb(5)CuCl(4)(SeO(3))(4) has been discovered in the Sardinian mine of Baccu Locci, near Villaputzu. It occurs as small lemon-yellow spherical aggregates of tabular crystals (< 10 µm) of less than 100 µm in diameter. The crystal structure has been solved from and refined against electron diffraction of a microcrystal. Data sets have been measured by both a manual and an automated version of the new electron-diffraction tomography technique combined with the precession of the electron beam. The sarrabusite structure is monoclinic and consists of (010) layers of straight chains formed by alternating edge-sharing CuO(4)Cl(2) and PbO(8) polyhedra parallel to the c axis, which share corners laterally with two zigzag corner-sharing chains of PbO(6)Cl(2) and PbO(4)Cl(4) bicapped trigonal prisms. These blocks are linked together by SeO(3)(2-) flat-pyramidal groups.

PMID:
22267554
DOI:
10.1107/S010876811104688X

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