Volume 94, Number 5, June 2011
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Condensed Matter: Structural, Mechanical and Thermal Properties|
|Published online||16 May 2011|
Flexibility windows and phase transitions of ordered and disordered ANA framework zeolites
Department of Physics and Centre for Scientific Computing, University of Warwick - Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK, EU
2 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, University of Oxford - South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QR, UK, EU
3 Dipartimento Scienze della Terra, Università degli Studi di Milano - Via Botticelli 23, I-20133 Milano, Italy, EU
4 CNR, Istituto per la Dinamica dei Processi Ambientali - Via Mario Bianco 9, I-20131 Milano, Italy, EU
Accepted: 26 April 2011
The analcime-like feldspathoids are a group of microporous minerals with the ANA framework topology. Analcime proper has predominantly Na as its channel cation content, while leucite contains predominantly K, pollucite contains Cs and wairakite contains Ca. Under compression, all these minerals display structural displacive phase transitions to low-symmetry forms at relatively low pressures (0.5–3.2 GPa). We show, using geometric simulation, that these phase transitions are controlled by the “flexibility window” of the ANA framework, defined as the range of framework densities over which the tetrahedral units of the framework can in principle be made geometrically ideal. We discuss experimental compression data for these minerals and its relationship to the theoretical flexibility of the ANA framework, the influence of cation content, and framework ordering.
PACS: 61.50.Ks – Crystallographic aspects of phase transformations; pressure effects / 64.60.Ej – Studies/theory of phase transitions of specific substances / 81.30.Hd – Constant-composition solid-solid phase transformations: polymorphic, massive, and order-disorder
© EPLA, 2011
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