Discovery Team
Mills, S.J.
Kampf, A.R.
Nestola, F.
Williams, P.A.
Leverett, P.
Hejazi, L.
Hibbs, D.E.
Mrorsko, M.
Alvaro, M.
Kasatkin, A.V.

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Wampenite

Verified June 2017   

C18H16

A carbon-hydrogen mineral. Other carbon-hydrogen minerals include: dinite, evenkite, fichtelite, hartite, idrialite, kratochvílite, 'phylloretine', ravatite, simonellite, "voltzite" (carbon-hydrogen sulfur), and not IMA-accepted adamantane and naphthalene.

Mindat notes the main structural motif is an aromatic phenanthrene moiety (compare ravatite) with attached axial methyl group and a disordered propen-2-yl (methylvinyl) terminal group.

References: European Journal of Mineralogy, Mindat | Report an error or offer more information
Colourless crystals of wampenite on fossil wood (originally obtained as fichtelite). Sample analyzed by XRD in November 2015. Picture size 6 mm. Photographer and collector Thomas Witzke .

cc 2019. Carbon Mineral Challenge.