The theoretical infrared (IR) and Raman spectra of bayerite (beta-Al(OH)(3)) are computed in the density functional theory framework, using the linear response theory. The results are consistent with the occurrence of six non-equivalent OH groups in a bayerite structure with space group P2(1)/n. Similar to gibbsite, the transmission powder IR spectrum of bayerite in the region of the OH stretching bands is found to depend on the shape of particles. In particular, the broadening of the strong band observed at about 3,460 cm(-1) in the spectrum of Al hydroxides is related to the electrostatic charges occurring at the surface of the polarized dielectric particles. The experimental correlation observed between the shape of this band and morphological parameters has therefore a physical, instead of chemical, origin.
Balan, Etienne Blanchard, Marc Hochepied, Jean-Francois Lazzeri, Michele