Clays and Clay Minerals

, Volume 45, Issue 6, pp 803–813 | Cite as

Cation Ordering in Synthetic Layered Double Hydroxides

  • M. Vucelic
  • W. Jones
  • G. D. Moggridge


A combined powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray absorption (XAS) study of Fe(III) cation ordering within pyroaurite is described. It is concluded that there is no correlation between Fe(III) cation positions over distances of a few tens of angstroms, but that there is a very high level of local ordering, involving the absence of Fe(III)-Fe(III) neighbors. These observations are rationalized in terms of a significant frequency of lattice defects in the form of cation vacancies or Mg for Fe(III) substitutions. These results are expected to be generalizable to other M(II)/M(III) layered double hydroxides (LDHs), but are in contrast to the long-range cation ordering observed in Li/Al LDHs. This raises the interesting possibility of differing properties and stabilities based on the degree of cation ordering.

Key Words

Cation Ordering LDH Pyroaurite XAS XRD 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Vucelic
    • 1
  • W. Jones
    • 1
  • G. D. Moggridge
    • 2
  1. 1.Chemistry DepartmentUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  2. 2.Chemical Engineering DepartmentUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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