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Boron Adsorption on Aluminum and Iron Oxide Minerals1


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  1. Vol. 49 No. 6, p. 1374-1379
    Received: Apr 4, 1985
    Accepted: June 24, 1985

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  1. Sabine Goldberg and
  2. R. A. Glaubig2



Boron adsorption behavior was investigated on various crystalline and x-ray amorphous Al and Fe oxide minerals. Adsorption increased at low pH, exhibited a peak in the pH range 7 to 8, and decreased at high pH. The magnitude of B adsorption was much greater for the x-ray amorphous materials. Since B adsorbs specifically on Al and Fe oxide minerals, the constant capacitance model containing a ligand exchange mechanism was used to describe its adsorption behavior. The constant capacitance model was able to represent B adsorption on all minerals over the entire pH range studied (3–12) using the same set of surface complexation constants. With the exception of amorphous Al oxide, B adsorption on these oxide minerals could be successfully described by optimizing only the B surface complexation constant. Other nonexperimental parameters were held fixed at values identical to those previously used in modeling phosphate, silicate, and selenite adsorption on Al and Fe oxide minerals.

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