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Bortnikovite Mineral Data

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General Bortnikovite Information

Help on Chemical  Formula: Chemical Formula: Pd4Cu3Zn
Help on Composition: Composition: Molecular Weight = 691.46 gm
   Zinc        8.10 %  Zn
   Iron        1.43 %  Fe
   Copper     27.55 %  Cu
   Palladium  58.82 %  Pd
   Platinum    4.09 %  Pt
             100.00 % 
Help on Empirical Formula: Empirical Formula: Pd3.82Pt0.14Cu2.99Zn0.85Fe0+0.17
Help on Environment: Environment: Overgrowth rims on isoferroplatinum grain concentrates from the Konder PGM placer deposit which is derived from the Konder alkaline ultramafic massif.
Help on IMA Status: IMA Status: Approved IMA 2006 (Dana # Added)
Help on Locality: Locality: Konder river, Ayan-Maya region, Aldan Plateau, Khabarovsk District, Russia Link to MinDat.org Location Data.
Help on Name Origin: Name Origin: Named for Nikolai Stefanovich Bortnikov, mineralogist and researcher at the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Help on Synonym: Synonym: IMA2006-027

Bortnikovite Crystallography

Help on Axial Ratios: Axial Ratios: a:c = 1:1.41666
Help on Cell Dimensions: Cell Dimensions: a = 6, c = 8.5, V = 306.00
Help on Crystal System: Crystal System: Tetragonal - Ditetragonal Dipyramidal H-M Symbol (4/m 2/m 2/m) Space Group: P 4/mmm
Help on X Ray Diffraction: X Ray Diffraction: By Intensity(I/Io): 2.13(1), 1.224(0.8), 1.059(0.4),1.501(0.3), 1.346(0.2), 1.737(0.1), 2.67(0.1), 3(0.1),

Physical Properties of Bortnikovite

Help on Cleavage: Cleavage: None
Help on Color: Color: Steel white.
Help on Diaphaneity: Diaphaneity: Opaque
Help on Fracture: Fracture: Malleable - Deforms rather than breaking apart with a hammer.
Help on Habit: Habit: Granular - Generally occurs as anhedral to subhedral crystals in matrix.
Help on Hardness: Hardness: 4.5-5 - Near Apatite
Help on Luster: Luster: Metallic

Optical Properties of Bortnikovite

Help on Reflectivity Reflectivity
Standardized Intensity (100%) Reflection Spectra of Bortnikovite in Air
λ R  ∑ R(λ) 
 470 nm   56.90   
 546 nm   61.70 
 589 nm   63.40 
 650 nm   65.40 
Calculated Relative Intensity Colors of Bortnikovite in Air
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Calculated Properties of Bortnikovite

Help on Fermion Index: Fermion Index: Fermion Index = 0.14
Boson Index = 0.86
Help on Photoelectric: Photoelectric: PEBortnikovite = 217.98 barns/electron
U=PEBortnikovite x rElectron Density= . barns/cc.
Help on Radioactivity: Radioactivity: GRapi = 0 (Gamma Ray American Petroleum Institute Units)
Bortnikovite is Not Radioactive

Bortnikovite Classification

Help on  Dana Class: Dana Class: (01)Native Elements
  (01.02)with platinum group metals and alloys
  (01.02.14)Dana Group Nielsenite! PdCu3 P 4mm 4mm Bortnikovite! Pd4Cu3Zn P 4/mmm 4/m 2/m 2/m
Help on  Strunz Class: Strunz Class: 01.AG.65 01 - ELEMENTS (Metals and intermetallic alloys; metalloids and nonmetals; carbides, silicides, nitrides, phosphides)
  01.A - Metals and Intermetallic Alloys
  01.AG -PGE-metal alloys
01.AG.65 Bortnikovite! Pd4Cu3Zn P 4/mmm 4/m 2/m 2/m

Other Bortnikovite Information

Help on References: References: NAME( AmMin, v93:705) PHYS. PROP.(AmMin, v93:705) OPTIC PROP.(AmMin, v93:705)
Help on See Also: See Also: Links to other databases for Bortnikovite :
1 - Am. Min. Crystal Structure Database
2 - Athena
3 - GeoScienceWorld
4 - Google Images
5 - Google Scholar
6 - MinDAT
7 - Mineralienatlas (Deutsch)
8 - Online Mineral Museum
9 - QUT Mineral Atlas
10 - Ruff.Info

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Dana No: Strunz No: 01.AG.65