Confirmation of a sulfur-rich layer on pyrite after oxidative dissolution by Fe(lIl) ions around pH2

Keiko Sasaki, Masami Tsunekawa, Toshiaki Ohtsuka, Hidetaka Konno

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The stoichiometry of pyrite dissolution by Fe(II) ions was studied in chloride media around pH 2. Pyrite was found to dissolve nonstoichiometrically during the initial tens of hours and a S-rich layer was formed on the pyrite due to preferential dissolution of iron. The major constituent of the layer was elemental S, identified by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Raman spectroscopy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3155-3158
Number of pages4
JournalGeochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1995
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geochemistry and Petrology

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