EXAFS investigation of Ni(Ⅱ) sorption at the palygorskite-solution interface: New insights into surface-induced precipitation phenomena

Xinxin Mo, Matthew Siebecker, Wenxian Gou, Wei Li

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Abstract

Sorption reactions at the mineral/water interface control the fate and transport of trace metals in aqueous geochemical environments. While surface complexation theory is well established, understanding of surface induced precipitation at mineral/water interfaces is still limited. In this research, we employed a combination of macroscopic batch sorption studies, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy to elucidate the sorption mechanisms of nickel (Ni) at palygorskite/solution interfaces. Compared to extensive studies focused on oxides and layer-structured clay minerals, research on chain-type clay minerals (e.g., palygorskite and sepiolite) is sparse. Thus, novel investigations using chain-type clay minerals can provide new insights into the metal sequestration mechanisms and improve equilibrium modeling. In this work, temperature-dependent kinetic experiments demonstrat
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-107
JournalGeochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
StatePublished - 2021

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