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In situ study of the adsorption of humic acid on the surface of aluminium oxide by QCM-D reveals novel features
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Fibre and Polymer Technology, Fibre Technology.
2011 (English)In: SOFT MATTER, ISSN 1744-683X, Vol. 7, no 2, 709-715 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Novel features of the adsorption of humic acid on the surface of aluminium oxide were revealed by means of an in situ study by quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D). The adsorption of humic acid on the surface of aluminium oxide shows a special case at pH 3 where the adsorption takes place in two steps. Each step has characteristic thickness, kinetics and viscoelasticity. While the first step shows low thickness, fast kinetics and almost no viscoelastic character, indicating a rigidly adsorbed humic acid monolayer, the second step is of much higher thickness, slower kinetics and with significant viscoelastic character, indicating a large diffuse layer with significant bulk contributions. In contrast, adsorption at pH 5 and 6.8 was found to be limited to a monolayer which is more rigid at pH 5 than at pH 6.8. Ellipsometry and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were used to prove and quantify the adsorption in the dry state. The monolayer thickness measured by ellipsometry is close to the Sauerbrey thickness obtained by QCM-D. Adsorption takes place at a dilute concentration of 1 mg L-1, followed by saturation at a concentration of 10-20 mg L-1. XPS spectra of the carbon 1s peak indicated almost no desorption of the adsorbed humic acid layer after immersion in water for 48 hours, implying irreversible adsorption based on a strong binding between humic acid and aluminium oxide.

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2011. Vol. 7, no 2, 709-715 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-30499DOI: 10.1039/c0sm00648cISI: 000286110900049ScopusID: 2-s2.0-78651359605OAI: diva2:404275
QC 20110316Available from: 2011-03-16 Created: 2011-02-28 Last updated: 2011-03-16Bibliographically approved

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