Synthesis and characterization of monomagnesium phosphate tetrahydrate

R. Dudenhoefer, G. L. Messing, P. W. Brown, G. G. Johnson

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Monomagnesium phosphate tetrahydrate (MMPT) has been synthesized and characterized by X-ray diffraction and thermal analyses techniques. MMPT is incongruently soluble and solids in equilibrium with a solution having an MG:P ratio of 1:2 coexist at an invariant point involving MMPT and MgHPO4·3H2O. MMPT exists in a P-tetragonal unit cell with room temperature lattice parameters: a = 13.712 Å and c = 21.984 Å. When MMPT is heated at atmospheric pressure MMPT initially transforms to the dihydrate. At higher temperature further transformations result in the simultaneous formation of the anhydrous phase and the pyrophosphate: MgH2P2O7. With further dehydration, Mg(PO3)2 is formed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-126
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Crystal Growth
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Nov 2 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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