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Binding of bis-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate at the surface of hydrozincite nanocrystals: An example of organic molecules absorption onto nanocrystalline minerals.

Journal of colloid and interface science (2015-07-22)
Roberta Sanna, Daniela Medas, Francesca Podda, Carlo Meneghini, Mariano Casu, Pierfranco Lattanzi, Mariano Andrea Scorciapino, Costantino Floris, Carla Cannas, Giovanni De Giudici
ABSTRACT

As a contribution to understand the interactions between mineral surfaces and organic molecules, this study reports an accurate characterization of the bis-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)-Hydrozincite (DEHP-HY), that has been conduced combining the following techniques: FTIR, NMR, XAS spectroscopies and XRD. XRD patterns indicate that the HY is made of nanocrystals whose size is not influenced by the presence of DEHP. The (1)H NMR analysis of DEHP-HY samples points out the presence of interactions of DEHP with HY. CPMAS NMR analysis suggests that the interaction is operated by ester carbonyl groups while the aliphatic chain, as expected, is not involved. MAS and CPMAS NMR measurements, performed on (13)C ester carbonyl enriched DEHP, allow to demonstrate that there are two ester carbonyl linkage sites interacting at the HY surface: an acid site with a strong link and a second one with weak chemical interactions. Zn K-edge XAS spectroscopy demonstrates that the local atomic structure around Zn in DEHP-HY sample remains essentially unchanged with respect to that of HY. Such a weak structural effect suggests that HY interaction with DEHP is limited to the nanoparticle surface.

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