Adsorption of Safranine by Na+, Ni2+ and Fe3+ Montmorillonites

H. Van Damme, M. Crespin, M. I. Cruz and J. J. Fripiat
Centre de Recherche stir les Solides à Organisation Cristalline Imparfaite, C.N.R.S., 45045 Orleans Cedex, France

Abstract: The adsorption of the cationic oxidized safranine S+ by a Na+, Ni2+ and Fe3+ montmorillonite has been studied with X-ray powder diffraction, u.v., visible and i.r. spectroscopy. In solution S+ may be protonated: S+, SH2+ and SH23+3+ have characteristic spectra in the 500–600 nm region where the clay structure does not absorb. In the Na+ as well as in the Ni2+ and Fe3+ clays, the adsorption of S+ is a cation exchange process accompanied by the protonation of the adsorbed dye such as variable concentrations of M+ (Na+, Ni2+ or Fe3+), S+ and SH2+ are simultaneously present. Protonation activity decreases from Fe3+ to Ni2+ and Na+, being the protonation site the amine group as shown by i.r. In the interlamellar space it seems that a SH2+.. S+ association exists that could be described as a sandwich structure 6.5 Å thick.

Clays and Clay Minerals; February 1977 v. 25; no. 1; p. 19-25; DOI: 10.1346/CCMN.1977.0250104
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