Spheniscidite, a synthetic iron phosphate mineral has been synthesized by hydrothermal methods. The material is isotypic with another iron phosphate mineral, leucophosphite. Spheniscidite crystallizes in the monoclinic spacegroupP21/n. (a=9·845(1),b=9·771(3),c=9·897(1),β=102·9°,V=928·5(1),Z=4,M=372·2,dcalc=2·02 g cm−3 andR=0·02). The structure consists of a network of FeO6 octahedra vertex-linked with PO4 tetrahedra forming 8-membered one-dimensional channels in which the NH4+ ions and H2O molecules are located. The material exhibits reversible dehydration and good adsorption behaviour. Magnetic susceptibility measurements indicate that the solid orders antiferromagnetically.
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