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Enhanced Crystallographic incorporation of Strontium(II) ions to Calcite via Preferential Adsorption at Obtuse growth steps

DOI: 10.1021/acs.cgd.7b01614 DOI Help

Authors: David J. Hodkin (University of Leeds) , Douglas I. Stewart (University of Leeds) , James T. Graham (National Nuclear Laboratory) , Giannantonio Cibin (Diamond Light Source) , Ian T. Burke (University of Leeds)
Co-authored by industrial partner: No

Type: Journal Paper
Journal: Crystal Growth & Design

State: Published (Approved)
Published: April 2018
Diamond Proposal Number(s): 17060

Abstract: Sr-containing calcium carbonates were precipitated from solutions containing Ca(OH)2, SrCl2 and Na2CO3 in a reactor where constant solution composition was maintained. The total concentration of divalent ions was same in all experiments, but the Sr/Ca ratio was varied between 0.002 and 0.86, and the pH value was between 12.02 and 12.25. All solutions were oversaturated with respect to calcite (SIcalcite = 1.2-1.5). Calcite was the only product formed at low Sr/Ca ratios, but at Sr/Ca ≥ 0.45 strontianite was detected in some systems. Sr-rich precipitate was observed in both a surface layer on (6.9-6 µm) rhombic calcite seed crystals and as smaller (> 3.64-1.96 µm) calcite crystals that were elongated along their C-axis. The degree of crystal elongation increased with the Sr/Ca ratio in those crystals. Precipitates recovered from low Sr/Ca ratio experiments exhibited an XRD spectrum identical to that of rhombic calcite, however the peaks attributed to Sr-containing calcite shifted progressively to lower 2θ values with increasing solution Sr/Ca ratio, indicating increased lattice volume. Sr K-edge EXAFS analysis of the precipitates showed that the shift in morphology and lattice volume is accompanied by a change in the local coordination of Sr2+ in calcite. The Sr-O bond lengths were similar to the Ca-O bond lengths in calcite, but Sr-O coordination increased from 6 fold in crystals containing 0.21 Wt. % Sr, to 8 fold in crystals containing 9.47 Wt. % Sr, and the Sr-Ca coordination decreased from 6 and 6 (for the first and second Sr-Ca shells respectively) to 4 and 1. It is suggested that Sr2+ undergoes preferential incorporation at obtuse (+) growth sites on the calcite surface due to its large ionic radius (1.13 Å), and this increases the growth rate parallel to the C-axis, resulting in the observed elongation in this direction.

Subject Areas: Chemistry, Earth Science


Instruments: B18-Core EXAFS