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Synthesis of trace element bearing single crystals of Chlor-Apatite (Ca5(PO4)3Cl) using the flux growth method

Stephan Klemme*, Timm John, Mathias Wessels, Christof Kusebauch, Jasper Berndt, Arno Rohrbach and Peter Schmid-Beurmann

Author Affiliations

Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster, Institut für Mineralogie, Corrensstrasse 24, Münster, 48149, Germany

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Chemistry Central Journal 2013, 7:56  doi:10.1186/1752-153X-7-56

Published: 26 March 2013

Abstract

We present a new strategy on how to synthesize trace-element bearing (REE, Sr) chlorapatites Ca5(PO4)3Cl using the flux growth method. Synthetic apatites were up to several mm long, light blue in colour. The apatites were characterized using XRD, electron microprobe and laser ablation ICP-MS (LA-ICPMS) techniques and contained several hundred μg/g La, Ce, Pr, Sm, Gd and Lu and about 1700 μg/g Sr. The analyses indicate that apatites were homogenous (within the uncertainties) for major and trace elements.