A microstructural study of acid-activated montmorillonite from Choushan, China

He, Hongping, Guo, Jiugao, Xie, Xiande, Lin, Hongfu, & Li, Liyun (2002) A microstructural study of acid-activated montmorillonite from Choushan, China. Clay Minerals, 37, pp. 337-344.


Bentonite samples from Choushan treated at various acid concentrations were studied using chemical analysis, XRD, 29Si and 27Al MAS NMR to investigate the microstructure of the activated montmorillonites. Two types of structural units were formed during the activation: (1) (SiO)3SiOH, in which up to 15% of Si is bound; (2) Q4(0Al), a major building unit when the acid concentration is >10%. A significant 27Al signal at 55.0 ppm was recorded for both untreated montmorillonite and (to a much greater extent) in acid- reated montmorillonites. This was interpreted as arising from four-fold coordinated Al located in the ‘bulk’ octahedral sheet of montmorillonite. In the course of activation, the removal of one of a pair of octahedral Al ions from montmorillonite removes two hydroxyl groups and leaves the other Al of the pair in four-fold coordination.

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ID Code: 1512
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Author contact: h.hongping@qut.edu.au
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Keywords: bentonite, montmorillonite, acid activation, Chousan, China
ISSN: 0009-8558
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000) > INORGANIC CHEMISTRY (030200)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Mineralogical Society
Deposited On: 20 Oct 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2009 06:40

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