Synthetic hydroxyapatites as inorganic cation exchangers. Part 3. - Exchange characteristics of lead ions (Pb2+)

Takashi Suzuki, Kyoichi Ishigaki, Michihiro Miyake

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The ion-exchange characteristics between Pb2+ ions of aqueous solutions containing various counter-anions (F-, Cl- and NO3-) and Ca2+ ions of synthetic hydroxyapatite samples have been investigated in detail under the conditions of low pH values (3.0, 4.0 and 5.0). The ratio of removal of Pb2+ ions to the apatites increased with a decrease in pH from 5.0 to 3.0, but even at pH 5.0 the ratio of removal of Pb2+ ions increased from 10 to 60% as the reaction time increased from 2 h to 20 days. Even at the low pH value of 3.0 the apatite structure in a solution contaning F- or Cl- ions was maintained via a concurrent ion-exchange effect of Pb2+ ions together with F- or Cl- ions, which are known to be exchangeable for OH- ions of the apatite, while the apatite structure in the system containing NO3- ions was destroyed by protons. This destruction is thought to be due to the fact that since NO3- ions cannot be exchanged for OH- ions, the retention of the apatite structure together with Pb2+ ions was made impossible by the loosening or dissolving effect of protons on the skeletal structure of the apatite at such a low pH as 3.0. Moreover, the crystal structure of Pb2+ ion-exchanged apatite [Ca3.6Pb6.4(PO4)6(OH)2], with a = 9.882(3) Å and c = 7.417(2) Å, has been investigated by the X-ray powder pattern-fitting method. The determined site occupancy factors of Pb2+ ions were almost the same, i.e. 0.75 and 0.57 for M1 and M2 (column site) sites, respectively. These results show that Ca2+ ions in the apatite sample can easily be exchanged for Pb2+ ions almost without distinction between M1 and M2 sites, assisted by the loosening effect of protons even at room temperature. The hydroxyapatite can easily be converted into stable lead apatite in acidic solutions containing exchangeable anions such as F- or Cl- by a synergistic effect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3157-3165
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society, Faraday Transactions 1: Physical Chemistry in Condensed Phases
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes

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