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About AsselborniteHide

Éric Asselborn
Brown to lemon-yellow
Adamantine, Greasy
Specific Gravity:
5.7 (Calculated)
Crystal System:
Named in 1983 by Halil Sarp, Jean Bertrand, and Jacques Deferne in honor of Éric Asselborn [b. December 30, 1954 – ], surgeon and mineral collector, of Dijon, France, in whose collection the mineral was first found.
The arsenate analogue of Šreinite.

Unique combination of elements.

Classification of AsselborniteHide

Approval Year:
First Published:

E : Uranyl phosphates and arsenates
D : Unclassified

4 : (AB)5(XO4)2Zq·xH2O

20 : Arsenates (also arsenates with phosphate, but without other anions)
7 : Arsenates of U

Physical Properties of AsselborniteHide

Adamantine, Greasy
Brown to lemon-yellow
5.7 g/cm3 (Calculated)

Optical Data of AsselborniteHide


Chemical Properties of AsselborniteHide

IMA Formula:
Pb(UO2)4(BiO)3(AsO4)2(OH)7 · 4H2O

Crystallography of AsselborniteHide

Crystal System:
Cell Parameters:
a = 15.66 Å
Unit Cell V:
3,840.39 ų (Calculated from Unit Cell)
Cubes modified by tetrahedra or pseudotetrahedra.

X-Ray Powder DiffractionHide

Powder Diffraction Data:
4.185 Å(100)
3.196 Å(80)
4.520 Å(70)
3.691 Å(60)
5.536 Å(40)
2.609 Å(40)
3.501 Å(35)

Type Occurrence of AsselborniteHide

General Appearance of Type Material:
Well formed crystals to 0.3 mm.
Place of Conservation of Type Material:
Museum of Natural History, Geneva, Switzerland, 435/50.
National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C., USA, 142229.
Associated Minerals at Type Locality:

Synonyms of AsselborniteHide

Other Language Names for AsselborniteHide

Common AssociatesHide

Associated Minerals Based on Photo Data:
3 photos of Asselbornite associated with UranophaneCa(UO2)2(SiO3OH)2 · 5H2O
3 photos of Asselbornite associated with Trögerite(H3O)(UO2)(AsO4) · 3H2O

Related Minerals - Nickel-Strunz GroupingHide

8.ED.05MoreauiteAl3(UO2)(PO4)3(OH)2 · 13H2O
8.ED.10MetalodèviteZn(UO2)2(AsO4)2 · 10H2OTet.
8.ED.10ŠreinitePb(BiO)3(UO2)4(PO4)2(OH)7·4H2OIso. m3m (4/m 3 2/m) : Im3m
8.ED.15KamitugaitePbAl[(UO2)5(PO4)2.38(AsO4)0.62O2(OH)2] · 11.5H2OTric. 1 : P1

Related Minerals - Hey's Chemical Index of Minerals GroupingHide

20.7.1Trögerite(H3O)(UO2)(AsO4) · 3H2OTet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P4/nmm
20.7.2Natrouranospinite(Na2,Ca)(UO2)2(AsO4)2 · 5H2OTet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P4/nmm
20.7.3AbernathyiteK(UO2)(AsO4) · 3H2OTet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P4/ncc
20.7.4MetazeuneriteCu(UO2)2(AsO4)2 · 8H2OTet. 4/m : P42/n
20.7.5ZeuneriteCu(UO2)2(AsO4)2 · 12H2OTet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : I4/mmm
20.7.6MetanováčekiteMg(UO2)2(AsO4)2 · 8H2OTet. 4/m : P4/n
20.7.7Nováčekite-IMg(UO2)2(AsO4)2 · 12H2OTric. 1 : P1
20.7.8ArsenuranyliteCa(UO2)4(AsO4)2(OH)4 · 6H2OOrth.
20.7.9MetauranospiniteCa(UO2)2(AsO4)2 · 8H2OTet. 4/m : P42/n
20.7.10UranospiniteCa(UO2)(AsO4)2 · 10H2OTet. 4/mmm (4/m 2/m 2/m) : P4/nmm
20.7.11MetaheinrichiteBa(UO2)2(AsO4)2 · 8H2OTet. 4mm
20.7.12HeinrichiteBa(UO2)2(AsO4)2 · 10H2OMon. 2/m
20.7.13MetalodèviteZn(UO2)2(AsO4)2 · 10H2OTet.
20.7.14ArsenuranospathiteAl(UO2)2(AsO4)2F · 20H2OOrth. mm2 : Pnn2
20.7.15HallimonditePb2(UO2)(AsO4)2 · nH2O, 0 <= n <= 0.5Tric. 1 : P1
20.7.16HügelitePb2(UO2)3(AsO4)2O2 · 5H2OMon.
20.7.18MetakahleriteFe2+(UO2)2(AsO4)2 · 8H2OTric. 1 : P1
20.7.19KahleriteFe(UO2)2(AsO4)2 · 12H2OTet. 4/m : P42/n
20.7.20MetakirchheimeriteCo(UO2)2(AsO4)2 · 8H2OTric. 1 : P1

Other InformationHide

Slowly soluble in dilute HCl.
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 AsselborniteHide

Reference List:
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Sarp, H., Bertrand, J., Deferne, J. (1983) Asselbornite, (Pb,Ba)(UO2)6(BiO)4[(As,P)O4]2 (OH)12 * 3 H2O, a new uranium, bismuth, lead and barium hydrous arsenate. Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie, Monatshefte: 417-423.
Dunn, P.J., Chao, G.Y., Grice, J.D., Ferraiolo, J.A., Fleischer, M., Pabst, A., Zilczer, J.A. (1984) New mineral names. American Mineralogist: 69: 565-569.
Sejkora, J., Čejka, J. (2007) Šreinite from Horní Halže, the Krušné hory Mountains, Czech Republic, a new mineral species, its comparison with asselbornite from Schneeberg, and new data for asselbornite. Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie - Abhandlungen: 184(2): 197-206.

Internet Links for AsselborniteHide

Localities for AsselborniteHide

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Locality ListHide

- This locality has map coordinates listed. - This locality has estimated coordinates. ⓘ - 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.
Germany (TL)
  • Saxony
    • Erzgebirgskreis
      • Schneeberg
        • Neustädtel
          • Weißer Hirsch Mine (Shaft 3)
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: 967; Anthony, Bideaux, Bladh, Nichols: Handbook of Mineralogy, Vol. IV
    • Vogtlandkreis
T. Witzke (1996): Neufunde aus Sachsen (V): Asselbornit, Soddyit, Conichalcit, Natrium-Zippeit, Metaschoepit und Moorhouseit.- Lapis 21 (6), 40-41
  • Chukotka Autonomous Okrug
Alekseev, V. I., & Marin, Y. B. (2015). Composition and evolution of accessory mineralization of Li–F granites in the Far East as indicators of their ore potential. Geology of Ore Deposits, 57(8), 635-644.
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