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SAINT PETERSBURG, 27 Dec. /Offset. TASS Natalia Mikhalchenko/. Scientists from St. Petersburg state University (SPbSU) determined the structure found in the Yakut village of Batagai in the 1980-ies of the mineral Bathgate, thereby establishing that he previously was not known to science.

About it reported in a press-service of the University.

“Batakat very difficult to research a mineral, and the methods that were in the 1980-ies, to learn it was impossible. Only thanks to modern equipment of the science Park of SPSU, one of the participants of the study, post-graduate student of the University Taras Panikorovsky, was able to decipher its complex structure,” the press service quoted head of the Department of crystallography of the University Professor Sergei Krivovichev.

Mineral contains calcium, zinc, copper and phosphorus . The name of bacalaito scientists gave in honor of the village in Yakutia, near which it was found, in 1980, the year the expedition of the Kola scientific centre of the RAS managed to gather at mount Kester (located near Batagay) samples of the new mineral. In the course of his research using the equipment of the scientific Park of St. Petersburg state University revealed that the substance has no analogues among minerals, or among inorganic substances, and also has an interesting crystal structure.

Batagai almost colorless – it has barely noticeable light blue tint, and a thin plate formed on the surface of native copper is quite fragile and easily break away. “Too early to talk about the practical value of Bathgate, because of the properties of new minerals usually open after some time after the discovery. However, other minerals of copper have interesting magnetic properties. Possible, we will try to synthesize batagai in the laboratory to better study it,” said Dr., Chairman.

Work on the study of copper minerals are held in the framework of the Russian scientific Fund grant “Minerals and inorganic copper compounds: stereochemistry, structural diversity, crystal-chemical factors of sustainability” under the guidance Krivovicheva.