X-ray magnetic circular dichroïsm provides strong evidence for tetrahedral iron in ferrihydrite

Abstract : Ferrihydrite is an important iron oxyhydroxide for earth and environmental sciences, biology, and technology. Nevertheless, its mineral structure remains a matter of debate. The stumbling block is whether a significant amount of tetrahedrally coordinated iron is present. Here we present the first X‐ray magnetic circular dichroïsm (XMCD) measurements performed on a well characterized synthetic sample of 6‐line ferrihydrite, at both K and L2,3energy edges of iron. XMCD results demonstrate unambiguously the presence of tetrahedrally coordinated Fe(III) in the mineral structure, in quantities compatible with the latest extended X‐ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) analyses suggesting a concentration of 20–30%. Moreover, we find an antiferromagnetic coupling between tetrahedral and octahedral sublattices, with the octahedral sublattice parallel to the external magnetic field.
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Yohan Guyodo, Philippe Sainctavit, Marie-Anne Arrio, Claire Carvallo, R. Lee Penn, et al.. X-ray magnetic circular dichroïsm provides strong evidence for tetrahedral iron in ferrihydrite. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, AGU and the Geochemical Society, 2012, 13 (6), pp.n/a-n/a. ⟨10.1029/2012GC004182⟩. ⟨hal-02264241⟩

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