Chemical state of boron in coal fly ash investigated by focused-ion-beam time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (FIB-TOF-SIMS) and satellite-transition magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (STMAS NMR)

Shun Ichi Hayashi, Takafumi Takahashi, Koji Kanehashi, Naoyoshi Kubota, Kaoru Mizuno, Shunsuke Kashiwakura, Tetsuo Sakamoto, Tetsuya Nagasaka

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Abstract

The chemical states of boron in coal fly ash, which may control its leaching into the environment, were investigated by focused-ion-beam time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (FIB-TOF-SIMS) and satellite-transition magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (STMAS NMR) spectroscopy. The distribution of boron on the surface and in the interior of micron-sized fly ash particles was directly observed by FIB-TOF-SIMS. Coordination numbers of boron and its bonding with different atoms from particles of bulk samples were investigated by STMAS NMR. Boron in coal fly ash with relatively poor leaching characteristics appears as trigonal BO3 and coexists with Ca and Fe at the outer layer of every particle and inside CaO-MgO particles. In contrast, boron in coal fly ash with better leaching characteristics appears as CaO- or MgO-trigonal BO3 and tetragonal BO4, and it is distributed only on the outer surface of each ash particle without showing any correlation with a particular element.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)881-887
Number of pages7
JournalChemosphere
Volume80
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Aug

Keywords

  • Boron
  • Chemical state
  • Coal fly ash
  • Leaching characteristics
  • NMR
  • TOF-SIMS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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