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  1. Vol. 50 No. 6, p. 1449-1454
    Received: Dec 16, 1985

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Speciation of Hydroxy-Aluminum Solutions by Wet Chemical and Aluminum-27 NMR Methods1

  1. Paul M. Bertsch,
  2. W. John Layton and
  3. R. I. Barnhisel2



Partially neutralized Al solutions with OH/Al molar (ñ) ratios ranging from 0.25 to 2.5 were studied employing 27Al nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and the ferron-timed colorimetric assay. The monomeric Al concentrations (Ala) estimated by the ferron assay were consistently higher than the actual concentration determined by NMR spectroscopy. The differences between the methods indicate the presence of a small polymer which reacts rapidly with ferron and is erroneously assigned to the monomeric Al fraction. The polymeric Al component (Alb) estimated by the ferron method could be partitioned into a more rapidly reacting fraction (≤1 h) and a slowly reacting fraction (>1 h). The amount of Al associated with the rapidly reacting polymeric fraction corresponded to the amount of [AlO4 Al12(OH)24(H2O)12]7+ polymer directly determined by NMR spectroscopy. The slower reacting component of the Alb fraction is believed to be a polymer of the hexameric ring morphology. Direct NMR measurements provided evidence for specific adsorption of Al13 to a cation exchange resin and differential precipitation kinetics of this polymer with added sulfate. These data indicate that characterizing hydroxy Al solutions without direct measurements can lead to erroneous interpretations concerning the distribution between monomeric and polymeric Al and the nature and types of polymeric Al present.

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