Evidence for tetrahedral AlO4 formation induced by Zn2+ adsorption onto Al(OH)3 gel

Akane Miyazaki, Mayumi Numata, Mayumi Etou, Kotaro Yonezu, Ioan Balint, Takushi Yokoyama

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27Al magic-angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (MAS NMR) spectroscopy was used to investigate the effect of Zn2+ ion adsorption on Al(OH)3 gel. While as-prepared Al(OH)3 gel exhibits a single peak around 5ppm, the same gel with adsorbed Zn2+ has new peaks around 15 and 60ppm. These peaks correspond to AlO6 octahedral species with adsorbed Zn2+ and AlO4 tetrahedral species, respectively. In order to assess the mechanism for the formation of AlO4 tetrahedral species, hydroxide coprecipitates of Al3+ and Zn2+ were prepared and the chemical states of Al in the solids were observed by 27Al MAS NMR. The coprecipitates were found to have the AlO4 tetrahedral structure, except for those with high Zn/Al ratios. From these results, it can be assumed that adsorption of Zn2+ onto Al(OH)3 gel induces Al3+ dissolution followed by the coprecipitation of Al3+ with Zn2+ to form AlO4 tetrahedral structures on the surface of Al(OH)3 gel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-121
Number of pages7
JournalColloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects
Publication statusPublished - Mar 5 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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