Atomic-scale Structure of Ferric Oxyhydroxide Formed from Fe-Si Alloy in Aqueous Solutions Containing Different Salts
Quantitative X-ray structural analysis coupled with reverse Monte Carlo (RMC) simulation was performed for characterizing the atomic-scale structure of γ-FeOOH (lepidocrocite) particles. These particles were formed by dipping pure iron or Fe–2mass%Si alloy into aqueous solutions containing Na<sub>2</sub>SO<sub>4</sub> or NaCl. The realistic atomic-scale structures of γ-FeOOH particles were estimated by fitting ordinary interference functions through the RMC simulation technique. The results revealed that the fundamental FeO<sub>6</sub> octahedral structural units and their linkages were distorted in the γ-FeOOH particles formed from the Fe–Si alloy. This distortion was considered to be caused by the incorporation of silicate species into these particles. Transmission electron microscopy and Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy were employed for observing the morphology of the particles and for characterizing their bonding structure, respectively. Further, the amount of γ-FeOOH particles formed was measured in order to investigate their formation processes. The changes in the pH and oxidation-reduction potential (ORP) of the solutions were monitored during the formation of γ-FeOOH particles. Inductively coupled plasma analyses were also performed for determining the amounts of iron and silicon in supernatant solutions. The results indicated that the formation process of γ-FeOOH particles in the solutions was influenced by the addition of silicon to iron.
- ISIJ international
ISIJ international 46(8), 1210-1217, 2006-08-15
The Iron and Steel Institute of Japan