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Crystal growth of aragonite in the presence of phosphate

Tadier, Solène and Rokidi, Stamatia and Rey, Christian and Combes, Christèle and Koutsoukos, Petros G. Crystal growth of aragonite in the presence of phosphate. (2017) Journal of Crystal Growth, 458. 44-52. ISSN 0022-0248

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcrysgro.2016.10.046


The crystal growth of aragonite was investigated at pH 7.8, 37 °C and constant solution supersaturation from aragonite-seeded supersaturated solutions. The effect of the presence of orthophosphate ions in the supersaturated solution on the kinetics of crystallization of aragonite was investigated over the range of orthophosphate concentrations of 0.25 μM–1 mM. In the presence of orthophosphate in the range of 0.25 μM–8 μM, the crystal growth rate of aragonite decreased with increasing phosphate concentration. At orthophosphate concentration levels exceeding 2 μM, induction times were measured and were found to increase with orthophosphate concentration. At orthophosphate concentration levels > 8 μM, the crystal growth of aragonite was inhibited, suggesting the blockage of the active growth sites by the adsorption of orthophosphate ions. Adsorption was confirmed by the investigation of orthophosphate uptake on aragonite, which was: i) found to depend on the equilibrium concentration of orthophosphate in aqueous solutions saturated with respect to aragonite; ii) not influenced by the ionic strength of the electrolyte up to 0.15 M NaCl, showing that electrostatic interactions between orthophosphate and CaCO3 did not play a significant role in this concentration range. Adsorption data of orthophosphate on the aragonite crystals gave satisfactory fit to the Langmuir adsorption model and was confirmed by XPS analysis.

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HAL Id:hal-01623314
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Other partners > University of Patras (GREECE)
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Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Dr. Lambrini Syggelou
Deposited On:25 Oct 2017 09:20

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