Magnesium-aluminum oxide (Mg-Al oxide) prepared by the thermal decomposition of a hydrotalcite-like compound was found to have potential for treating NaBF(4) wastewater. The Mg-Al oxide removed the BF(4)(-) and F(-) and H(3)BO(3) from the NaBF(4) solution. With increasing Mg-Al oxide quantity and time, the BF(4)(-) concentration decreased and the degree of BF(4)(-), F(-), and boron removal increased. The decrease in the BF(4)(-) concentration resulted from uptake by the Mg-Al oxide and not hydrolysis. The Mg-Al oxide took up F(-) from the solution preferentially. The Mg-Al oxide also converted the H(3)BO(3) in the aqueous solution into H(2)BO(3)(-), which it took up.
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