Synthesis of Na-2-mica from metakaolin and its cation exchange properties

T. Kodama, T. Higuchi, T. Shimizu, K. I. Shimizu, Sridhar Komarneni, W. Hoffbauer, H. Schneider

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Na-2-mica of the ideal composition of Na 2 Mg 6 Al 2 Si 6 O 20 F 4 ·xH 2 O was prepared from a mixture of NaF, magnesium nitrate, SiO 2 and calcined kaolinite (the latter serving as a cost-effective aluminosilicate source) at 800°C and was found to excel in Sr removal from solutions at room temperature. This mica was characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and 27 Al and 29 Si magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (MAS-NMR) spectroscopy. Fundamental studies of nNa + →M n+ (M n+ = Sr 2+ , Ca 2+ , Li + , K + and Cs + ) equilibria revealed a high selectivity and large capacity for Sr 2+ ion uptake. A relatively low-temperature heat treatment (200°C) of the Sr-exchanged mica resulted in collapse of the hydrated interlayer spacings of the mica, which will be useful to immobilize strontium in the stable unhydrated phase. This selective Sr-ion exchanger is expected to be useful for 90 Sr removal and its immobilization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2072-2077
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 21 2001


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Chemistry

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Kodama, T., Higuchi, T., Shimizu, T., Shimizu, K. I., Komarneni, S., Hoffbauer, W., & Schneider, H. (2001). Synthesis of Na-2-mica from metakaolin and its cation exchange properties. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 11(8), 2072-2077.