Influence of sulfate ions on the atomic-scale structure of β-FeOOH

Sang Koo Kwon, Shigeru Suzuki, Masatoshi Saito, Takayuki Kamimura, Hideaki Miyuki, Yoshio Waseda

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Ordinary X-ray diffraction measurements by Mo Kα radiation and anomalous X-ray scattering (AXS) measurements by synchrotron radiation below Fe K absorption edge were used for characterizing the atomic-scale structure of β-FeOOH particles with and without sulfate ions. Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) was also used for analyzing a change of the bonding structure in the β-FeOOH particles by addition of sulfate ions. The realistic atomic-scale structures of the β-FeOOH particles with and without sulfate ions were estimated by fitting both the ordinary and environmental interference functions with model calculation using the reverse Monte Carlo (RMC) simulation technique. The results showed that the linkages of FeO 6 octahedral structural units in the β-FeOOH particles are distorted by addition of sulfate ions, although the structure of the β-FeOOH particles with and without sulfate ions is fundamentally similar to the ideal β-FeOOH structure. The structural distortion in the β-FeOOH particles with sulfate ions is likely to arise from the incorporation of sulfate ions. The atomic-scale structures visualized for these β-FeOOH particles were discussed coupled with the bonding structure observed in FT-IR.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2030-2035
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Transactions
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Sept


  • Anomalous X-ray scattering
  • Atomic-scale structure
  • Reverse Monte Carlo simulation
  • Sulfate ions
  • X-ray diffraction
  • β-FeOOH

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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