Mineralogy and crystal chemistry of zeolite and clay minerals


We have been conducting a series of investigations of the mineralogy of zeolite and clay minerals that occur in low-grade metabasalts of the North Atlantic Igneous Province and in alkaline intrusive complexes.  These studies involve detailed chemical analysis of secondary mineral parageneses (largely by electron microprobe) and spectroscopic and diffraction analysis of mineral structures.  Specific problems we are addressing include:

1) Short, intermediate, and long range ordering in zeolites (the subject of my postdoctoral research with J. Stebbins)-we are using solid state MAS NMR of 29Si and 17O to quantify the distribution of bond types and Si-Al site occupancies in natural zeolites

2) Depth and time distribution of clay and zeolite compositions in North Atlantic Tertiary basalts (with Th. Fridriksson)

3) Structural models of solid solutions in zeolites for use as a basis for thermodynamic mixing models

4) Characterization of ordering state and chemistry of zeolites in alkaline intrusive complexes (e.g., Mont St. Hilaire, Ilimaussaq) in order to assess zeolite stability at high temperatures

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Useful Websites:

Clay Minerals Society-meeting calenders, etc. plus link to Clays and Clay Minerals, which has
                                   numerous articles about natural zeolties
International Committee on Natural Zeolites-contains links to numerous websites about natural zeolites, and nice SEM images of zeolites
International Zeolite Association Structure Commission-online databases of zeolite structures, including atomic coordinates and simulated X-ray diffraction patterns
Mineralogical Society of America Crystal Structure Database-comprehensive list of crystal structures  reported in American Mineralogist
International Mineralogical Association Zeolite Nomenclature Report

Last Revised: 15 February 2002