Single crystals of cuprorivaite (CaCuSi4O10), one of the oldest synthetic color pigments of Egyptian history, have been synthesized by slow-cooling flux method. Several runs were carried out at temperatures between 800 and 960 °C and with reaction times ranging from 10 to 72 h. The starting materials and run products were characterized by binocular microscope, X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy with annexed energy-dispersive spectrometry, and μ-Raman spectroscopy. The effects of growth parameters (temperature, flux, silica source) on yield and size of crystals were studied. The growth of cuprorivaite depends greatly on the starting materials: they are observed as run products only using natron as flux. Furthermore, colorimetric analysis performed on the synthesizing pigment was compared with the archeological samples present in the literature in order to value similarities and differences. © 2016, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

Flux growth and characterization of cuprorivaite: the influence of temperature, flux, and silica source

BLOISE, Andrea;De Luca R;CRISCI, Gino Mirocle;MIRIELLO, DOMENICO
2016

Abstract

Single crystals of cuprorivaite (CaCuSi4O10), one of the oldest synthetic color pigments of Egyptian history, have been synthesized by slow-cooling flux method. Several runs were carried out at temperatures between 800 and 960 °C and with reaction times ranging from 10 to 72 h. The starting materials and run products were characterized by binocular microscope, X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy with annexed energy-dispersive spectrometry, and μ-Raman spectroscopy. The effects of growth parameters (temperature, flux, silica source) on yield and size of crystals were studied. The growth of cuprorivaite depends greatly on the starting materials: they are observed as run products only using natron as flux. Furthermore, colorimetric analysis performed on the synthesizing pigment was compared with the archeological samples present in the literature in order to value similarities and differences. © 2016, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
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