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Precipitation pathways for ferrihydrite formation in acidic solutions

  • Author(s): Zhu, M
  • Frandsen, C
  • Wallace, AF
  • Legg, B
  • Khalid, S
  • Zhang, H
  • Mørup, S
  • Banfield, JF
  • Waychunas, GA
  • et al.

Iron oxides and oxyhydroxides form via Fe3+ hydrolysis and polymerization in many aqueous environments, but the pathway from Fe3+ monomers to oligomers and then to solid phase nuclei is unknown. In this work, using combined X-ray, UV-vis, and Mössbauer spectroscopic approaches, we were able to identify and quantify the long-time sought ferric speciation over time during ferric oxyhydroxide formation in partially-neutralized ferric nitrate solutions ([Fe3+]=0.2M, 1.8

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