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Curienite

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Formula:
Pb(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5H2O
System:
Orthorhombic
Hardness:
3
Name:
For French mineralogist, Hubert Curien (b. 1924)

Classification of Curienite

Approved 1967
7/E.11-110
4.HB.15

4 : OXIDES (Hydroxides, V[5,6] vanadates, arsenites, antimonites, bismuthites, sulfites, selenites, tellurites, iodates)
H : V[5,6] Vanadates
B : Uranyl Sorovanodates
40.2a.27.2

40 : HYDRATED NORMAL PHOSPHATES,ARSENATES AND VANADATES
2a : AB2(XO4)2·xH2O, containing (UO2)2+
21.4.13

21 : Vanadates (and vanadates with arsenate or phosphate)
4 : Vanadates of U, Mn, Fe or Ni
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First Recorded Occurrence of Curienite

Year of Discovery:
1967

Physical Properties of Curienite

Hardness (Mohs):
3

Crystallography of Curienite

Crystal System:
Orthorhombic
Cell Parameters:
a = 10.4Å, b = 8.45Å, c = 16.34Å
Ratio:
a:b:c = 1.231 : 1 : 1.934
Unit Cell Volume:
V 1,435.96 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)

Chemical Properties of Curienite

Formula:
Pb(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5H2O
Essential elements:
All elements listed in formula:

Relationship of Curienite to other Species

Series:
Forms a series with Francevillite (see here)
4.HB.05CarnotiteK2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O
4.HB.05Margaritasite(Cs,K,H3O)2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · H2O
4.HB.10SengieriteCu2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 6H2O
4.HB.15Francevillite(Ba,Pb)(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5H2O
4.HB.15FritzscheiteMn(UO2)2(PO4,VO4)2 · 10H2O (?)
4.HB.20MetavanuraliteAl(UO2)2(VO4)2(OH) · 8H2O
4.HB.20VanuraliteAl(UO2)2(VO4)2(OH) · 11H2O
4.HB.25MetatyuyamuniteCa(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3-5H2O
4.HB.25TyuyamuniteCa(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O
4.HB.30StrelkiniteNa2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 6H2O
4.HB.35UvaniteU26+V65+O21 · 15H2O (?)
4.HB.40RauviteCa(UO2)2(V10O28) · 16H2O
21.4.1UvaniteU26+V65+O21 · 15H2O (?)
21.4.2Vanuranylite(H3O)2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 4H2O
21.4.3StrelkiniteNa2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 6H2O
21.4.4CarnotiteK2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3H2O
21.4.5Margaritasite(Cs,K,H3O)2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · H2O
21.4.6SengieriteCu2(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 6H2O
21.4.7MetatyuyamuniteCa(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 3-5H2O
21.4.8TyuyamuniteCa(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5-8H2O
21.4.9RauviteCa(UO2)2(V10O28) · 16H2O
21.4.10Francevillite(Ba,Pb)(UO2)2(VO4)2 · 5H2O
21.4.11MetavanuraliteAl(UO2)2(VO4)2(OH) · 8H2O
21.4.12VanuraliteAl(UO2)2(VO4)2(OH) · 11H2O
21.4.14FritzscheiteMn(UO2)2(PO4,VO4)2 · 10H2O (?)
21.4.15Palenzonaite(Ca,Na)3CaMn22+(VO4)3
21.4.16Santafeite(Na,Ca,Sr)12(Mn2+,Fe3+,Al,Mg)8Mn84+(VO4)16(OH,O)20 · 8H2O
21.4.17PyrobelonitePbMn2+(VO4)(OH)
21.4.18BrackebuschitePb2Mn3+(VO4)2(OH)
21.4.19ČechitePb(Fe2+,Mn2+)(VO4)(OH)
21.4.20HeyitePb5Fe22+(VO4)2O4
21.4.21MounanaitePbFe23+(VO4)2(OH,F)2
21.4.22SchubneliteFe3+VO4 · H2O
21.4.23FervaniteFe43+V45+O16 · 5H2O
21.4.24KazakhstaniteFe53+V34+V125+O39(OH)9 · 9H2O
21.4.25Bokite(Al,Fe3+)1.3(V5+,V4+,Fe3+)8O20 · 7.4H2O
21.4.26Rusakovite(Fe3+,Al)5(VO4,PO4)2(OH)9 · 3H2O
21.4.27KolovratiteNixZny(VO4)0.67(x+y) · nH2O

Other Names for Curienite

Name in Other Languages:
German:Curienit
Spanish:Curienita

Other Information

Health Risks:
No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for Curienite

Reference List:
American Mineralogist (1969): 54: 1220.

Borène, J. and Cesbron, F. (1971) Structure cristalline de la curiénite Pb(UO2)2(VO4)2·5H2O. Bulletin de la Société française de Minéralogie et de Cristallographie: 94: 8-14.

Deliens M., Piret P. & Comblain G.(1981), Les Minéraux secondaires d'uranium du Zaïre.

Burns, P.C. (2005) U 6+ minerals and inorganic compounds: insights into an expanded structural hierarchy of crystal structures. Canadian Mineralogist: 43: 1839-1894.

Internet Links for Curienite

Localities for Curienite

map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.
(TL) indicates type locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) indicates first recorded locality for everything else. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
Czech Republic
 
  • Bohemia (Böhmen; Boehmen)
    • Karlovy Vary Region
      • Krušné Hory Mts (Erzgebirge)
        • Jáchymov District (St Joachimsthal)
Pauliš, P.: Curienit z Abertam u Jáchymova. Časopis pro mineralogii a geologii, 1992, roč. 35, č. 1, s. 55-65.
Lapis 2002(7/8), 63-65
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaïre)
 
  • Katanga (Shaba)
    • Katanga Copper Crescent
      • Shinkolobwe
France
 
  • Auvergne
    • Allier
      • Ébreuil
        • Échassières
Le Règne Minéral, (33), 5-25.
  • Rhône-Alpes
    • Savoie
      • Vanoise
Le Règne Minéral, Hors Série IV, 1998
Gabon
 
  • Haut-Ogooué Province
    • Franceville
Bull.Soc.fr.Min.Crist.(1968) 91, 453-459
Germany
 
  • Baden-Württemberg
    • Black Forest
      • St Ulrich
Lapis 21(12), 43 (1996)
Iraq
 
  • Akashat
No reference listed
Italy
 
  • Trentino-Alto Adige (Trentino-Südtirol)
    • Trento Province
      • Giudicarie Valleys
        • Chiese Valley
          • Condino
Campostrini, I., Demartin, F., & Gramaccioli, C. M. (2006). Rio Giulis. Minerali secondari del giacimento uranifero presso Condino, Trento. Rivista Mineralogica Italiana, 30(3), 152-165.
        • Rendena Valley
          • Bocenago & Spiazzo
Campostrini I.(2013): Minerali secondari dei giacimenti uraniferi nelle Arenarie di Val Gardena del Trentino occidentale (Alpi Meridionali, Italia). Studi Trent. Sci. Nat., 93, pagg. 89-114.
Switzerland
 
  • Wallis (Valais)
    • Collonges
Meisser, N. (2012): La minéralogie de l'uranium dans le massif des Aiguilles Rouges. Matér. Géol. Suisse, Sér. géotech. 96, 183 p.
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