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Infra-red study of phosphate adsorption on goethite


Infra-red spectra of phosphate adsorbed on synthetic goethite (α-FeOOH) show only PO3–4 ions to be present. Phosphate bands observed at about 1125, 1050 and 1000 cm–1 are shifted to 1190, 1100 and 1000 cm–1 following the removal of physically adsorbed H2O or D2O. Comparison of the spectra with model systems suggests that the high frequencies observed for the ν3 vibration of phosphate in evacuated samples arise from binuclear coordination (coordination of two oxygen atoms of a phosphate group to two surface Fe ions) to Fe3+ on the surface. Binuclear sites on the predominant (100) and (010) faces are due to the unshared apices of adjacent Fe octahedra. Spectral changes due to physically adsorbed water in non-evacuated samples are attributed to strong hydrogen bonding to one of the free phosphate oxygens.

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Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/F19747001472
Citation: J. Chem. Soc., Faraday Trans. 1, 1974,70, 1472-1479

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    Infra-red study of phosphate adsorption on goethite

    R. J. Atkinson, R. L. Parfitt and R. St. C. Smart, J. Chem. Soc., Faraday Trans. 1, 1974, 70, 1472
    DOI: 10.1039/F19747001472

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