Hyperfine Interactions

, Volume 84, Issue 1, pp 427–431 | Cite as

Characterization of natural chromite ((Mg,FeII)(Al,FeIIICr)2O4) samples from the Bushveld Complex, South Africa

  • J. Nell
  • H. Pollak


Fe3+/Fe2+ ratios were determined for a suite of chromite samples from the Bushveld Complex, South Africa, using57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy and a ceric sulphate titration method. Two distinctly different types of chromite were identified. Type I chromites have low Fe3+/Fe2+ ratios (between 0.2 and 0.4), and contain 3 cations for every 4 oxygen ions in the chemical formula unit. Type II chromites, on the other hand, have Fe3+/Fe2+ ratios between 0.7 and 1.3, and contain considerably less than 3 cations per 4 oxygen ions in the formula unit. Type II chromites result from the oxidation of type I chromites and can be reduced back to the latter by heating in a gas mixture containing 1% CO and 99% CO2 at 1000 °C.


Oxidation Oxygen Sulphate Spectroscopy Thin Film 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Nell
    • 1
  • H. Pollak
    • 2
  1. 1.Mineralogy and Process Chemistry DivisionMintekRandburgSouth Africa
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsUniversity of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa

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