A spectroscopic study of the mineral paceite (calcium acetate).

Spectrochimica acta. Part A, Molecular and biomolecular spectroscopy (2006-10-31)
Anthony W Musumeci, Ray L Frost, Eric R Waclawik

A comprehensive spectroscopic analysis consisting of Raman, infrared (IR) and near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy was undertaken on two forms of calcium acetate with differing degrees of hydration. Monohydrate (Ca(CH(3)COO)(2).H(2)O) and half-hydrate (Ca(CH(3)COO)(2).0.5H(2)O) species were analysed. Assignments of vibrational bands due to the acetate anion have been made in all three forms of spectroscopy. Thermal analysis of the mineral was undertaken to follow its decomposition under a nitrogen atmosphere. Three major mass loss steps at approximately 120, 400 and 600 degrees C were revealed. These mass losses correspond very well to firstly, the loss of co-ordinated water molecules, and then the loss of water from the acetate anion, followed by finally the loss of carbon dioxide from the carbonate mineral to form a stable calcium oxide.