Boron Adsorption on Aluminum and Iron Oxide Minerals1
- Sabine Goldberg and
- 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.Please view the pdf by using the Full Text (PDF) link under 'View' to the left.
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