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Reaction of Copper Tetrammine With Bentonite Clay1


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  1. Vol. 35 No. 4, p. 571-574
    Received: Aug 3, 1970
    Accepted: Apr 7, 1971

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  1. M. H. El-Sayed,
  2. R. G. Burau and
  3. K. L. Babcock2



Copper (II) tetrammine was accumulated by bentonite in amounts greatly exceeding its cation exchange capacity. Analyses of sorption isotherms disclosed that at least two distinct reactions were involved. The first was completed at low equilibrium concentration and appeared to be insensitive to temperature changes. The second was an endothermic process that simulated compound formation. Exchangeable Cu(NH3)42+ on the clay was evaluated by isotopic dilution and its exchange reaction with calcium was investigated. It is doubtful that Cu(NH3)42+ can be used directly to assess copper exchange capacity of clays.

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