Author(s): Yuan P, AnnabiBergaya F, Tao Q, Fan M, Liu Z,
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Abstract Fe-PILC samples were synthesized by the reaction between Na(+)- and/or Ca(2+)-montmorillonite (Mt) and base-hydrolyzed solutions of Fe(III) nitrate. Different from the known usual microporous pillared structure, a meso-microporous delaminated structure containing intercalated or pillared fragments was found in the respective resulting Fe-intercalated or -pillared clays. XRD patterns of Na(+)-Mt-based Fe-intercalated/pillared clays show one large d-spacing above 6.4 nm corresponding to the mesoporous delaminated part, whereas another d-spacing of ca. 1.5 nm was indicative of the microporous pillared part. Fe-intercalated/pillared clays based on Ca(2+)-Mt lead to similar results, but with a d-spacing less than 6 nm and a second low intense d-spacing less than 1.5 nm. In the delaminated Fe-intercalated clays, NO(-)(3) anions were retained even after thorough washing process. They play as counterions to neutralize the positive-charged iron aggregates in the delaminated structure, and can be exchanged by heteropolyanions as [PW(12)O(40)](3-). The delaminated Fe-pillared clays show good thermal stability at 500 degrees C and exhibit at this temperature dramatically higher specific surface area and porosity than the starting montmorillonites. However, calcination at a higher temperature leads to the formation of nanocrystalline hematite. Air-drying after ethanol extraction (EAD) method has an advantage over air-drying (AD) method in preserving the delaminated structure.
This article was published in J Colloid Interface Sci
and referenced in Journal of Analytical & Bioanalytical Techniques