A study of the alumina-silica gel adsorbent for the removal of silicic acid from geothermal water: Increase in adsorption capacity of the adsorbent due to formation of amorphous aluminosilicate by adsorption of silicic acid

Takushi Yokoyama, Akira Ueda, Koichi Kato, Katsumi Mogi, Shorin Matsuo

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Abstract

Two kinds of adsorbents (Si adsorbent and Al adsorbent) for the removal of silicic acid from geothermal water to retard the formation of silica scales were prepared using silicic acid contained in geothermal water. The Si adsorbent was prepared by evaporating geothermal water, and the Al adsorbent was prepared by evaporating geothermal water after the addition of aluminum chloride. The specific surface area of the Si adsorbent was small and it's adsorption capacity of silicic acid was low. Although the specific surface area of the Al adsorbent was also small, it was significantly increased by the adsorption of silicic acid and it's adsorption capacity was high. Based on the change in the local structure of aluminum ion by the adsorption of silicic acid, the Al adsorbent was considered to be silica particles covered with crystalline aluminum hydroxide. Moreover, it was concluded that the increase in the specific surface area of the Al adsorbent and the decrease in the zeta potential were due to the formation of an amorphous aluminosilicate with a large surface area and a negative charge (one 4-coordinated Al) by the reaction between aluminum ions and silicic acids.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Colloid And Interface Science
Volume252
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2002

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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