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pascoite minerals, vanadium, decavanadate, NMR spectroscopy, 51V NMR spectroscopy solid-state, solution, speciation


The 20 minerals encompassing the pascoite family of decavanadate isopolyanion-containing [V10O28]6− minerals include a few minerals, such as rakovanite, that have been described as containing a protonated decavanadate anion. Rakovanite was originally assigned the formula Na3[H3V10O28]•15H2O and now is redefined with an ideal formula (NH4)3Na3[V10O28]•12H2O. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and particularly 51V NMR spectroscopy is an informative method used to describe the protonation state and speciation in both solid and solution states of materials in the chemical and life sciences. However, 51V NMR spectroscopy has not yet been used experimentally to distinguish the protonation state of the decavanadate ion of leaching solutions and thus contributing to the discussion regarding the controversial protonation states of decavanadate ions in gunterite, rakovanite, and nashite. In contrast, the morphology and crystal structure for apatites, vanadinite, pyromorphite, and mimetite was related to 207Pb NMR chemical shifts, assisting in describing the local environments of these minerals. NMR spectroscopy could be a useful method if used in the future for decavanadate-containing minerals. Currently, partial reduction of two Pascoite minerals (caseyite and nashite) is proposed and accordingly could now effectively be investigated using a different magnetic resonance technique, EPR spectroscopy.


This article was originally published in Minerals 12, no. 8 (2022): 980.