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Ferruccite

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About FerrucciteHide

Ferruccio Zambonini (1880-1932)
Formula:
Na[BF4]
Colour:
Colourless to white
Hardness:
3
Specific Gravity:
2.496
Crystal System:
Orthorhombic
Name:
Named by Guido Carobbi in 1933 in honor of Ferruccio Zambonini (17 December 1880, Rome, Italy - 12 January 1932, Naples, Italy), Italian mineralogist who focused on Vesuvius. He worked at the Mineralogical Museum at the University of Naples and the University of Sassari (Chair of Chemistry).
Isostructural with:
Also isostructural with NaClO4 and KMnO4.


Classification of FerrucciteHide

Approved, 'Grandfathered' (first described prior to 1959)
3.CA.05

3 : HALIDES
C : Complex halides
A : Borofluorides
11.2.3.1

11 : HALIDE COMPLEXES
2 : AmBX4
8.12.1

8 : Halides - Fluorides, Chlorides, Bromides and Iodides; also Fluoborates and Fluosilicates
12 : Fluorborates (BF'4) and fluosilicates (SiF''6)

Physical Properties of FerrucciteHide

Colour:
Colourless to white
Hardness:
Cleavage:
Distinct/Good
On {100}, {010}, and {001}.
Density:
2.496 g/cm3 (Measured)    2.511 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of FerrucciteHide

Type:
Biaxial (+)
RI values:
nα = 1.301 nβ = 1.301 nγ = 1.307
2V:
Measured: 11° , Calculated: 22°
Max Birefringence:
δ = 0.006
Image shows birefringence interference colour range (at 30µm thickness)
and does not take into account mineral colouration.
Surface Relief:
Moderate
Dispersion:
r > v strong

Chemical Properties of FerrucciteHide

Formula:
Na[BF4]
IMA Formula:
NaBF4

Crystallography of FerrucciteHide

Crystal System:
Orthorhombic
Cell Parameters:
a = 6.82 Å, b = 6.25 Å, c = 6.77 Å
Ratio:
a:b:c = 1.091 : 1 : 1.083
Unit Cell V:
288.57 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Morphology:
Artificial crystals tabular {001} or {010} with c{001}, a{100}, b{010}, and m{110}.

Type Occurrence of FerrucciteHide

Geological Setting of Type Material:
Active volcanic fumaroles.
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Other Language Names for FerrucciteHide

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
Avogadrite1 photo of Ferruccite associated with Avogadrite on mindat.org.

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

3.CA.10Avogadrite(K,Cs)[BF4]Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
3.CA.10Barberiite(NH4)[BF4]Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

8.12.2Avogadrite(K,Cs)[BF4]Orth. mmm (2/m 2/m 2/m) : Pnma
8.12.3MalladriteNa2[SiF6]Trig.
8.12.4HieratiteK2[SiF6]Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fm3m
8.12.5Cryptohalite(NH4)2[SiF6]Iso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Fm3m
8.12.6Bararite(NH4)2[SiF6]Trig. 3m (3 2/m)

Other InformationHide

Thermal Behaviour:
Several high temperature polymorphs are known.
Notes:
Soluble in water. Readily fusible.
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 FerrucciteHide

Reference List:
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Carobbi, G. (1933) Sulla presenza di un nuova minerale fra i prodotti dell’attività fumarolica del Vesuvio. Periodico di Mineralogia-Roma: 4: 410-422.
Foshag, W.F. (1934) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 19: 555-556.
Finbak, Hassel (1936) Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie, Leipzig, Berlin: 32: 433.
Klinkenberg (1937) Recueil des travaux chimiques des Pays-Bas et de la Belgique, Leyden: 56: 36.
Bellanca (1946) Rendus Soc. Min. Ital.: 3: 20.
Palache, C., Berman, H., Frondel, C. (1951) The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: Halides, Nitrates, Borates, Carbonates, Sulfates, Phosphates, Arsenates, Tungstates, Molybdates, Etc. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 7th edition, revised and enlarged: 98-99, 407.
Brunton, G. (1968) Refinement of the structure of NaBF4. Acta Crystallographica: B24: 1703-1704.
Grew, E.S., Anovitz, L.M. (2002) BORON: Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry, second edition, as revised.
Grew, E.S., and Anovitz, L.M. (1996) BORON: Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry, second edition, as revised (2002).

Internet Links for FerrucciteHide

Localities for FerrucciteHide

ⓘ - Click for further information on this occurrence. ? - Indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. - Good crystals or important locality for species. - World class for species or very significant. (TL) - Type Locality for a valid mineral species. (FRL) - First Recorded Locality for everything else (eg varieties). Struck out - Mineral was erroneously reported from this locality. Faded * - Never found at this locality but inferred to have existed at some point in the past (eg from pseudomorphs.)

All localities listed without proper references should be considered as questionable.
Italy (TL)
 
  • Campania
    • Naples Province
      • Somma-Vesuvius Complex
Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: 99.
Russo, M., Punzo, I. (2004): I minerali del Somma-Vesuvio, AMI
Mineral and/or Locality  
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