Infra-red Spectroscopy in Mineral Chemistry

  • V. C. Farmer


Since the introduction of commercial infra-red spectrometers, some twenty years ago, this technique has become the hand-maiden of the organic chemist, but we are only now approaching the situation where the mineral chemist will, as a routine procedure, examine the infra-red spectra of his specimens. In some ways this is a little surprising, for even the earliest surveys were sufficient to show that more than a few mineral specimens had been wrongly identified, and that infra-red spectra could readily distinguish, for example, structural hydroxyl groups from water of crystallisation.


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  • V. C. Farmer
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  1. 1.Department of SpectrochemistryMacaulay Institute for Soil ResearchCraigiebuckler, AberdeenScotland

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