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Materials (Basel). 2013 Jul 15;6(7):2846-2861. doi: 10.3390/ma6072846.

Synthesis and Enhanced Phosphate Recovery Property of Porous Calcium Silicate Hydrate Using Polyethyleneglycol as Pore-Generation Agent.

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1
Key Laboratory of Three Gorges Reservoir Region's Eco-Environment, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400045, China. guanwei951030@126.com.
2
Key Laboratory of Three Gorges Reservoir Region's Eco-Environment, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400045, China. jfy@cqu.edu.cn.
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Key Laboratory of Three Gorges Reservoir Region's Eco-Environment, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400045, China. chenqingkong@126.com.
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Key Laboratory of Three Gorges Reservoir Region's Eco-Environment, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400045, China. yanpengstu@163.com.
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Key Laboratory of Three Gorges Reservoir Region's Eco-Environment, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400045, China. huashengtangjiang@126.com.

Abstract

The primary objective of this paper was to synthesize a porous calcium silicate hydrate (CSH) with enhanced phosphate recovery property using polyethyleneglycol (PEG) as pore-generation agent. The formation mechanism of porous CSH was proposed. PEG molecules were inserted into the void region of oxygen-silicon tetrahedron chains and the layers of CSH. A steric hindrance layer was generated to prevent the aggregation of solid particles. A porous structure was formed due to the residual space caused by the removal of PEG through incineration. This porous CSH exhibited highly enhanced solubility of Ca2+ and OH- due to the decreased particle size, declined crystalline, and increased specific surface area (SBET) and pore volume. Supersaturation was increased in the wastewater with the enhanced solubility, which was beneficial to the formation of hydroxyapatite (HAP) crystallization. Thus, phosphate can be recovered from wastewater by producing HAP using porous CSH as crystal seed. In addition, the regenerated phosphate-containing products (HAP) can be reused to achieve sustainable utilization of phosphate. The present research could provide an effective approach for the synthesis of porous CSH and the enhancement of phosphate recovery properties for environmental applications.

KEYWORDS:

calcium silicate hydrate; hydrothermal synthesis; hydroxyapatite; porosity; solubility

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