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The effect of CO2-3 on the growth of barite {001} and {210} surfaces: An AFM study


Sánchez Pastor , Nuria and Pina Martínez, Carlos Manuel and Fernández Díaz, Lourdes and Astilleros García-Monge, José Manuel (2006) The effect of CO2-3 on the growth of barite {001} and {210} surfaces: An AFM study. Surface science, 600 . pp. 1369-1381. ISSN 0039-6028

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The growth of barite {001} and {210} faces from aqueous solutions moderately supersaturated with respect to barite (βbarite ≈ 12 for
experiments on {001} surfaces and βbarite ≈ 7 for experiments on {210} surfaces) and bearing different concentrations of carbonate has
been studied in situ using an atomic force microscope (AFM). Nanoscopic observations show that, above a certain carbonate concentration
threshold in the aqueous solution, the advancement of monolayers (~3.5Å in height) on barite {001} and {210} surfaces is
strongly inhibited. However, inhibition never affects the growth of the first monolayer, whose growth rate increases in the presence of
carbonate. In contrast, the second monolayer growth rate decreases as the concentration of carbonate in the solution increases. For high
carbonate concentrations in the solution, growth stops after the formation of the first monolayer. While on barite {001} faces, the formation
of a second monolayer does not occur for carbonate concentrations higher than 0.2 mM, on barite {210} faces the complete
inhibition of the second monolayer is observed for carbonate concentrations higher than 0.05 mM. Once growth on {001} or {210}
faces is completely inhibited, i.e. such surfaces are in the ‘‘dead zone’’, growth can be recovered by increasing supersaturation. In order
to study the recovery behaviour of barite {001} and {210} faces from the ‘‘dead zone’’, an additional series of AFM experiments have
been conducted. In these experiments, carbonate-free aqueous solutions with increasing supersaturations with respect to barite were
passed over {001} and {210} surfaces previously ‘‘poisoned’’ with carbonate. Our experimental results show that the recovery of growth
on barite {001} faces requires an important increase of the solution supersaturation. In contrast, the recovery of barite {210} surface
growth does not require any supersaturation increase, but spontaneously occurs in a few minutes. Our observations of inhibition and
growth recovery on barite surfaces at a nano-scale are discussed and compared with the descriptions given by the classical crystal growth
inhibition models.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Atomic force microscopy; Barite; Growth inhibition; Growth recovery
Subjects:Sciences > Geology > Crystallography
ID Code:14534
Deposited On:08 Feb 2012 10:18
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