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Adsorption of selenium(vi) onto nano transition alumina

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The adsorption of selenium(VI) onto nano transition alumina (γ/δ-Al2O3) was investigated at both macroscopic and molecular levels. The uptake of selenium(VI) was found to decrease upon increasing pH (5–10) and ionic strength (0.01–0.1 mol L−1 NaCl). At the molecular level, in situ attenuated total reflection Fourier-transform infrared (ATR FT-IR) spectroscopy established the predominant formation of a bidentate outer-sphere surface complex throughout the investigated pH range. The acid–base surface properties of transition alumina (surface charge) together with the Se(VI) adsorption edges were successfully described using a 1-pK charge distribution surface complexation model involving one outer-sphere selenium(VI) surface species, namely {([triple bond, length as m-dash]AlOH20.5+)2SeO42−} as suggested by the IR studies. Blind predictions of literature data yielded good agreement in particular in NaCl systems. These new spectroscopy based results can be implemented in reactive transport models to enable more consistent and trustworthy prognostic modeling of the environmental fate of selenium(VI).

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The article was received on 13 Mar 2018, accepted on 31 May 2018 and first published on 01 Jun 2018

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8EN00293B
Environ. Sci.: Nano, 2018,5, 1661-1669

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    Adsorption of selenium(VI) onto nano transition alumina

    N. Jordan, C. Franzen, J. Lützenkirchen, H. Foerstendorf, D. Hering, S. Weiss, K. Heim and V. Brendler, Environ. Sci.: Nano, 2018, 5, 1661
    DOI: 10.1039/C8EN00293B

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