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Soil Science Society of America Journal Abstract - SOIL CHEMISTRY

Structural Transformation and Physicochemical Properties of Environmental Nanoparticles by Comparison of Various Particle-Size Fractions


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  1. Vol. 75 No. 2, p. 533-541
    Received: Feb 25, 2010

    * Corresponding author(s): mkwang@ntu.edu.tw
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  1. Tsung Ming Tsaoa,
  2. Yue Ming Chena,
  3. Ming Kuang Wang *a and
  4. Pan Ming Huangb
  1. a Dep. of Agricultural Chemistry National Taiwan Univ. Taipei, 10617, Taiwan
    b Dep. of Soil Science Univ. of Saskatchewan SK S7N 5A8, Canada


Information on the nature, physicochemical properties, and environmental fate of nanoparticles is severely lacking. Zeolite A was used to demonstrate its structural transformation from well crystalline to short-range-ordered (SRO) particles, including nanoparticles with size fractions in the range of 450 to 2000, 100 to 450, 25 to 100, and 1 to 25 nm. The chemical properties of a zeolite are dependent on its framework structure, which is formed by connecting truncated octahedra (sodalite) through the simple double four rings (D4-R) with external linkage in each sodalite. With decreasing particle size, the T(Si, Al)-O asymmetric and symmetric stretching vibrations shifted toward higher frequencies and the Si to Al molar ratio increased consistently from 1.8 to 5.2. The chemical shift of 27Al and 29Si magic-angle spinning (MAS) nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra was related to its structural transformation from well crystalline to SRO particles, which was attributed to the loss of external linkage D4-R units in the structure. Comparing the various particle-size fractions (PSFs) showed significant differences in surface area, Si/Al molar ratio, morphology, crystallinity, framework structure, and surface atomic structure of nanoparticles from those of the bulk sample (i.e.,<2000 nm) before particle-size fractionations. Formation of these most reactive nanoparticles were caused by physicochemical weathering merits increasing attention with reference to their nature and properties, and their importance in ecosystem integrity.

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