, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp 279–288 | Cite as

Adsorption of Ba2+ ions at the hydroxyapatite/NaCl solution interface

  • E. SkwarekEmail author
  • W. Janusz
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The study of the kinetics of barium adsorption at the hydroxyapatite/electrolyte interface using the radioactive isotope 133Ba2+ was carried out. The course of adsorption kinetics indicates that at the beginning adsorption proceeds quickly and then slowly. Such adsorption kinetics is best described by the multiexpotential equation. The adsorption of Ba2+ ions at the hydroxyapatite/ electrolyte interface proceeds via their adsorption of ions on the surface groups with the release of proton and the exchange of Ca ions from the crystal lattice. The adsorption process has an insignificant effect on the crystal lattice parameters and crystallinity degree but due to the decrease of zeta potential leads to particles aggregation.


Hydroxyapatite Kinetics of adsorption Barium 

1 Introduction

Hydroxyapatite based materials have found extensive applications in practice. Besides the studies of hydroxyapatite (HAp) usage as a biomaterial, there are numerous studies on hydroxyapatite as an adsorbent, catalyst, sensor, and in medicine: in drug delivery, medical imaging and tumour hypothermal treatment (Haider et al. 2017; Fihri et al. 2017). Substitution of calcium ions in the hydroxyapatite surface layer by the metal cations is the method used to develop new catalysts, sorbents, sensors and material of other applications (Wakamura et al. 1998; Zilm et al. 2016). To synthesize metal ions doped HAp nanoparticles, co-precipitation and ion adsorption and/or exchange methods are usually used (Wakamura et al. 1998). The former proceeds by introducing metal and calcium ions into the solution before precipitation of HAp while the latter takes place by adding the metal ion into the HAp suspension or the HAp powder into the cation solution. The precipitation method provides continuous distribution of metal ions from the bulk to surface layer while the ion exchange method usually results in higher concentration of metal ions on the surface of HAp nanoparticles than in the bulk since ion-exchange is limited to the particles surface layer.

The substitution of barium ions in the hydroxyapatite lattice changes its properties and such materials were studied as catalysts (Sugiyama and Moffat 2002; Yasukawa et al. 1999; Moussa et al. 2017). Moreover, this process was considered to remove barium from water (Suzuki et al. 1981). It is commonly known that barium can replace calcium in bone and teeth (Boanini et al. 2010; Fischer et al. 2014). Most of the barium doped hydroxyapatite studies were carried on the samples prepared using the precipitation method and the adsorption of only barium ions was studied by Suzuki et al.(Suzuki et al. 1981). However, preparation of barium hydroxyapatite using the precipitation method forms the product that can contain carbonate ions in the solution of pH 12 (Yasukawa et al. 1999; Yodera et al. 2012). The alternative method of preparation of doped hydroxyapatite is adsorption or ion exchange. This method allows to prepare materials that sometimes have better properties than those prepared by the precipitation method (Li et al. 2017). Suzuki et al. prove that the adsorption affinity of Ba2+ ions from the solutions of 50 and 100 ppm for hydroxyapatite is smaller than that for Cd2+, Zn2+ and Ni2+ ions (Suzuki et al. 1981).

The paper presents the results of studies on adsorption of Ba2+ ions kinetics and their adsorption as a pH function at the hydroxyapatite/ NaCl aqueous solution interface. The measurements of Ba2+ adsorption as a function of pH were made for the following initial concentrations of ions/hydroxyapatite of Ba2+ ions: 0.000001, 0.00001, 0.0001 and 0.001 mol/dm3. Additionally, the potentiometric titration of the suspension for determination of the effect of Ba2+ ions adsorption on the H+ ions consumption/release from the surface as well as measurements of zeta potential using the electrophoresis method were conducted. The complementary XRD and particle size analyses of hydroxyapatite samples before and after adsorption of Ba2+ ions were performed.

2 Experimental

The sample hydroxyapatite (HAp) was purchased from Aldrich. Hydroxyapatite was washed with doubly distilled water until the constant conductivity about 0.5 µS/cm was achieved.

2.1 Methods of measurements

The specific surface area and porosity of the prepared samples of hydroxyapatite were determined from the nitrogen adsorption/desorption data. The nitrogen adsorption/desorption isotherms at 77 K were measured using the ASAP 2405 sorption analyzer (Accelerated Surface Area and Porosimetry) by the Micromeritics Instruments, Co. The specific surface area of the HAp sample calculated by the BET method was 100.6 m2/g and porosity calculated using the Barrett, Joyner and Halenda (BJH) procedure was 15.6 nm.

The crystalline structure was determined using the X-radiation diffraction. The PXRD radiation diffraction was studied by means of an X-ray diffractometer Empyrean produced by the PANalytical firm. The Rietveld refinement of the PXRD pattern of the samples was carried out using the Maud software (Ferrari and Lutterotti 1994). The PXRD analysis showed that the obtained sample possessed a crystalline structure of hydroxyapatite.

The adsorption of Ba2+ ions was determined by the static method with no repetitions using the radiotracer technique with radioisotope 133Ba2+ as a radiotracer in the chemical BaCl2 form.

Measurements of Ba2+ ions adsorption were performed out in a thermostated Teflon vessel in nitrogen atmosphere at 25 °C. pH measurements were made using a PHM 240 Radiometer Research pHmeter with a G-201-8G glass electrode and REF-451 calomel reference electrode (with the double electrolyte junction). The titrant (0.1 M NaOH solution) increments were added from an automatic burette, Metrohm 655 Dosimat. The whole procedure was controlled by a microcomputer. The computer program was designed so that titration was performed with the maximum drift of pH < 0.002 unit pH min− 1. The adsorption of Ba2+ ions proceeded was carried out from the 0.001 mol/dm3 NaCl solution as a background electrolyte. The initial pH of the solution of 0.001 M NaCl and the desired concentration of BaCl2 were fixed by the addition of HCl. Next 50 ml of the solution was labelld with the 133Ba2+ radioisotope (from Polatom, Poland). The 0.5 g Hydroxyapatite sample was subsequently added to the solution. During the potentiometric titration, 0.5 ml of the suspension sample was collected after each equilibrium pH and centrifuged in a high-speed centrifuge to remove all solid particles. The 0.1 ml of supernatant was placed on the piece of filter paper to prepare the radiosources for scintillation counting. The reference radiosources were also prepared with the initial labeld salt solutions. The radioactivity of electrolyte solution before and after adsorption was measured using the automatic gamma counter by Perkin Elmer. Based on the radioactivity changes before and after adsorption sorption of Ba2+ ions on the surface of hydroxyapatite was calculated from the equations:
$${c_r}={c_0}\frac{{{N_r} - {N_t}}}{{{N_0} - {N_t}}}$$


c0—the initial concentration [mol/dm3]

V—the volume of solution sample [dm3]

M—the hydroxyapatite sample weight [g]

Sw—the specific surface area [m2/g]

Nr—the number of countings from the source during adsorption,

N0—the number of countings from the source from the solution before adsorption,

Nt—the number of countings from the background radiation,

cr—the equilibrium concentration [mol/dm3],

A = adsorption [mol/m2].

The zeta potential was measured by the electrophoretic method using Zetasizer Nano-ZS, Malvern. In the zeta potential calculations the Smoluchowsky’s equation was also applied because of κa ~ 150. Particle size distribution was determined using Mastersizer 2000 produced by the Mavern firm.

3 Results and discussion

According to the literature reports uptake of metal ions in the hydroxyapatite suspensions is considered as the results of the following processes:

  • exchange of metal ions with Ca ions in the crystal lattice of hydroxyapatite (Sugiyama et al. 1999). P.Z. Saleb and P.L. de Bruyn formulated two conditions for cation to be exchanged: the radius of the exchanged cation should not differ from that of Ca2+ more than 15% and the electronegativity of cation should be high (Saleb and Bruyn 1972). Suzuki et al. determined the range radius of the exchanged ions from 0.09 to 0.13 nm (Suzuki et al. 1982). However, Reinchert et al. stated that the ions that have the radius above this limit can exchange calcium in the HAp lattice (Reichert and Binner 1996). Ba2+ ions have a radius of 0.149 nm and it differs significantly from that of Ca2+ ions. The exchange of ions does not take place only on the surface of hydroxyapatite but also in the natural channels CaII and CaI in the hydroxyapatite lattice (Monteil Riveira and Fedoroff 2004).

  • adsorption of metal ions on the surface group (phosphate or hydroxyl) with release of one or two protons as a result of adsorption on one or two surface groups, respectively (Sheha 2007),

  • subsequent dissolution of hydroxyapatite and precipitation of new metal phosphate phase (Hashimoto and Sato 2007). This process occurs at the high initial concentration of divalent metal cation > 0.001 mol/dm3 and acid pH of solution (Smicklas 2003).

for the selected system two of them can occur simultaneously (Wakamura et al. 1998; Xu et al. 1994).

3.1 Kinetics of barium ions adsorption at the hydroxyapatite/electrolyte interface

The kinetics of Ba2+ ions adsorption at the hydroxyapatite/0.001 mol/dm3 NaCl mol/dm3 aqueous solution interface from the solution of the initial concentration of 0.001 and 0.000001 mol/dm3 is depicted in Figs. 1 and 2, respectively. As can be seen in Fig. 1 adsorption of Ba2+ ions from the solution of the initial concentration 0.000001 mol/dm3 proceeds quickly, during the first minute adsorption achieves the maximum value. According to the literature several models can be used to describe kinetics of ions adsorption (Marczewski. 2007). However the kinetic cation adsorption at hydroxyapatite was efficiently express by: the pseudo-first order equation or by means of the pseudo-second order equation, particle intraparticle diffusion model and multiexponential equation. These models were used for description of kinetics of Ba2+ adsorption at hydroxyapatite. At this low initial concentration 0.000001 mol/dm3 Ba2+, the difference of fitting is small, however, the fitting made using the mulitexponential or pseudo-second order model describes adsorption kinetics better than the other equations. Figure 1 shows also the kinetics of Ba2+ ions desorption as a result of pH decrease to 6.17 (this causes competition of H+ or Ca2+ions released from solubility of hydroxyapatite with the adsorbed Ba2+ ion), as can be seen at the beginning of desorption ~ 18% of adsorbed Ba2+ ions was released into the solution but after the 120 min desorption, the pH of the suspension increases to 6.35 and results in the increase of ~ 3% adsorption of Ba2+ ions. That provides strong adsorption affinity of Ba2+ ions for the hydroxyapatite surface.

Fig. 1

Kinetics of pH and Ba2+ ions adsorption/desorption changes on hydroxyapatite from the Ba2+ ions solution of the initial concentration 0.000001 mol/dm3. The points indicate the experimental data, the broken line-the pseudo-first order model for qe = 0.00094 and k1 = 2.482, the broken line of longer segments- the pseudo-second order model for qe = 0.00094 and k2 = 7. 1368

Fig. 2

Kinetics of pH and Ba2+ ions adsorption/desorption changes on hydroxyapatite from the Ba2+ ions solution of the initial concentration 0.001 mol/dm3. The points indicate the experimental data, the broken line-the pseudo-first order model for qe = 0.488 and k1 = 1.702, the broken line of longer segments- the pseudo-second order model for qe = 0.495 and k2 = 9,64. The continuous line-multiexponential model: aeq = 3.637, A0 = 0.0043, k1 = 1.831, A1 = 0.128, k2 = 1 × 10−7, A2 = 0.854, k2 = 0.0061, A2 = 0.0126

The kinetics of adsorption/desorption of Ba2+ ions from the solution of the initial concentration 0.001 mol/dm3 and changes of pH in the hydroxyapatite/aqueous solution of 0.001 mol/dm3 NaCl are depicted in Fig. 2. As one can see the adsorption proceeds via three steps: the first one fast, the second and third ones slow. This course of adsorption and the time of achieving equilibrium differ from that of the other divalent ions e.g. Sr2+, Cd2+, Co2+ where their adsorption on hydroxyapatite proceeds via two steps; the first one fast and the second slow(Janusz and Skwarek 2016; Skwarek and Janusz 2016; Smiciklas et al. 2006). Different adsorption kinetics of Ba2+ ions may be due to the ionic radius of Ba2+ ions that fall outside the limit of cation radius which results the exchange in the crystal structure will not deform it significantly (Reichert and Binner 1996). The larger radius of Ba2+ cations in comparison to Ca2+ limits the diffusion of Ba2+ ions in the crystal lattice channel of hydroxyapatite so the slow step of Ba2+ ions adsorption is delayed. As it can be seen in Fig. 2, the kinetics of adsorption was the best expressed by the multiexponential model with three exponential terms that reflect the porous structure of hydroxyapatite (Marczewski. 2007) or uptake of Ba2+ ion by the dissolution/precipitation process. However, comparing the decrease of Ba2+ concentration from 30 min of adsorption to 10080 min and the increase of OH concentration, it follows that barium hydroxyapatite could not be formed as a result of precipitation because the increase of concentration of OH ions was observed. The additional effect of adsorption increase after 30 min may be due to the dispersion of hydroxyapatite aggregates in the suspension and exposition of hydroxyapatite surface that was not accessible to Ba2+ ions adsorption before. In Fig. 2. desorption of Ba2+ ions as an effect of pH decrease to 5.88 was equal to ~ 41% and, in comparison with that depicted in Fig. 1 suggests that in this case more Ba2+ adsorbed ions are weakly bound to the hydroxyapatite surface. The adsorption density of Ba2+ ions during the desorption process for over 100 min does not change significantly although pH increases because of the hydroxyapatite solubility.

3.2 Adsorption of Ba2+ ions as a function of pH

As mentioned above the adsorption of Ba2+ ions on hydroxyapatite proceeds via three pathways: ion exchange with calcium ions of crystal lattice, reaction with the surface groups (hydroxyl or hydrogen phosphate, ≡SOH) and dissolution of hydroxyapatite/precipitation of new phase. The dependence of cation adsorption as a function of pH is observed for the reaction of cation from the surface group where release of proton takes place e.g.:
$$\equiv {\text{SOH}}+{\text{B}}{{\text{a}}^{2+}} \rightleftarrows ~ \equiv {\text{S}}{{\text{O}}^ - }{\text{B}}{{\text{a}}^{2+}}+{{\text{H}}^+}$$
$$2 \equiv {\text{SOH}} + {\text{Ba}}^{{2 + }} \rightleftarrows ~ \equiv \left( {{\text{SO}}^{ - } } \right)_{2} {\text{Ba}}^{{2 + }} + 2{\text{H}}^{ + }$$

where: ≡SOH denotes the surface groups e.g hydrogen phosphate or hydroxyl groups,

As one can see reaction one leads to release of one proton per adsorbed one divalent cation whereas reaction two leads to release of two protons. Adsorption in reaction one at a higher concentration may lead to overcharging of the compact part of the electrical double layer. The ion exchange mechanism of adsorption of divalent cations leads to release of calcium ions into solution, change of calcium concentration will influence on cation adsorption. However, calcium concentration in the hydroxyapatite suspensions depends also on pH because of its solubility, so finally adsorption of cations via this mechanism will be also pH dependent. As the concentration of calcium and phosphate ions due to dissolution of hydroxyapatite changes with pH, the mechanism of divalent ions uptake as a result of dissolution/precipitation will change with pH.

The adsorption density and concentration of Ba2+ ions as a function of pH are presented in Figs. 3 and 4 for the initial concentrations 0.0000001 and 0.001 mol/dm3 of Ba2+ ions, respectively. As be for the initial concentrations 0.00001, adsorption of Ba2+ ions in the pH function increases in the pH range from 7 to 9 and then almost the whole amount of Ba2+ ions is adsorbed (concentration of Ba2+ ions in the solution decreases to 10−10 mol/dm3), Fig. 4. For the initial concentration of 0.001 mol/dm3 of Ba2+ ions in the studied range of pH the increase of Ba2+ ions adsorption with the pH increase was observed (Fig. 2). At pH = 7 48% of Ba2+ ions but at pH 10 95% of Ba2+ ions were adsorbed.

Fig. 3

Dependence of adsorption density and concentration of Ba2+ on pH for the hydroxyapatite/0.001 mol/dm3 NaCl + 0.000001 mol/dm3 Ba2+

Fig. 4

Dependence of adsorption density and concentration of Ba2+ on pH for the hydroxyapatite/0.001 mol/dm3 NaCl + 0.001 mol/dm3 Ba2+

The sorption of Ba2+ ions at the hydroxyapatite/0.001 mol/dm3 NaCl solution interface as a function of Ba2+ ions concentration is presented in Fig. 5. The points show the experimental sorption data for the three values of pH 7.5, 9 and 10.5. As one can see to the sorption isotherm course of Ba2+ ions above the initial concentration 0.001 mol/dm3 indicates bulk precipitation of new phase e.g. barium phosphate (Hayes and Katz 2000). The lines in Fig. 5 indicate the Langmuir isotherms fit in the range of initial concentration of Ba2+ ions from 0.000001 to 0.001 mol/dm3, the parameters are summarized in Table 1. The coverage with a monolayer at these pH values, calculated from the Langmuir isotherm was 0.362, 0.440 and 0.629 µmol/m2, respectively. In the range of low concentrations, the adsorption log vs. the concentration log has a linear course and the direction coefficient indicates that the adsorption proceeds on the surfaces of energetically heterogeneous adsorption sites (Stumm 1992). According to Kukura et al. the concentration of Ca2+ and PO43− lattice ions on hydroxyapatite was equal to 4.5 and 3.2 ions/nm2, respectively (Kukura et al. 1972). The concentration of –OH group, calculated on the basis of crystallographic data, was 2.5 group/nm2, however, determined from the IR spectra it was 1 ± 0.4 groups/nm2. (Kukura et al. 1972; Bertinetti et al. 2007). The comparison of the monolayer values from the Langmuir isotherm with the concentration of surface OH groups, and Ca2+ and PO43− lattice ions shows that only part of accessible sites was occupied. This may be a result of greater ionic radius of Ba2+ ions in comparison to Ca2+ ions that restricts the ion exchange process.

Fig. 5

Barium ions sorption in the hydroxyapatite/0.001 mol/dm3 NaCl electrolyte system as a function of concentration

Table 1

The maximum adsorption capacity qm, Langmuir constants-KL, and correlation factor R calculated from the Langmuir equation


qm [µmol/m2]















The effect of Ba2+ ions adsorption on the dependence of hydrogen ions consumption/release is presented in Fig. 6. As can be seen barium ions adsorption from the solutions of the initial concentration smaller or equal to 0.0001 mol/dm3 does not cause significant changes in consumption/ release of hydrogen ions. However, barium ions adsorption from the solution of the barium initial concentration 0.001 mol/dm3 results in the significant H+ ions release. This effect is connected with the reactions of barium ions with the surface hydroxyl groups or the hydrophosphate groups with proton release.

Fig. 6

Effect of Ba2+ ions adsorption on the uptake of H + ions in the HAp/0.001 mol/dm3 NaCl + mol/dm3 Ba2+ system

The comparison of Ba2+ ions adsorption from the solution of the initial concentration 0.001 mol/dm3 of the Ba2+ ions with the H+ ions desorption is presented in Fig. 7. As can be seen from Fig. 7 at pH 7 the adsorption of Ba2+ ions is equal to 0.47 µmol/m2 and the desorption of H+ ions is 0.026µ mol/m2 which shows that the adsorption results mainly from ion exchange. Increase of pH leads to higher contribution of Ba2+ ions adsorption on the surface hydroxyl groups over ions exchange, and this process at pH 10 gives more than 80% contribution.

Fig. 7

The comparison of the adsorbed Ba2+ ions with the desorbed H+ ions in the HAp/0.001 mol/dm3 NaCl + 0.001 mol/dm3 Ba2+ system

Figure 8 presents the effect of Ba2+ ions adsorption from the solution of the initial concentration of 0.00001, 0.0001 and 0.001 mol/dm3 on the zeta potential as a function of pH. As can be seen the specific adsorption of Ba2+ ions leads to the decrease of absolute value of negative zeta potential as a result of adsorption of each divalent Ba2+ ion on one surface group not only to compensate the negative charge but also to bring the additional positive charge into the compact part of electrical double layer.

Fig. 8

The effect of Ba2+ ions concentration on the zeta potential of hydroxyapatite as a function of pH

3.3 PXRD study of the Ba2+ ion adsorption of ion on hydroxyapatite

Substitution of Ca2+ ions in the hydroxyapatite lattice by those of smaller size in the crystal bulk (by the precipitation method) leads to a significant decrease of lattice constants. They are increased due to substitution by large ions. The effect of adsorption of divalent ion onto hydroxyapatite on its crystal structure at low concentration of metal ions in the HAp/electrolyte solution system changes slightly and depends on the size of adsorbed ion. However, for the same systems it was reported that in the XRD pattern some peaks of a new phase were observed. The opinions reported in two different papers are presented. Smiciklas and co-workers stated that adsorption of Co2+ ions results in a slight decrease in the unit cell parameters whereas Pan and co-workers found a reflection characteristic of cobalt hydroxyapatite(Smiciklas et al. 2006; Pan et al. 2009). The structure of the hydroxyapatite samples conditioned for 2 weeks: one in the solution of 0.001 mol/dm3 NaCl and the other one in the mixture of 0.001 mol/dm3 NaCl and 0.001 mol/dm3 Ba2+ ions after separation from solution and drying was examined using the PXRD method. Next the PXRD pattern was refined by means of the Rietveld method using the Maud software (Ferrari and Lutterotti 1994). As the initial models for the refinement the cif file was used (Sudarsanan and Young 1969).The XRD pattern of the sample HAp with the adsorbed Ba2+ ions and the Rietveld refinement plot are depicted in Fig. 9. The calculated lattice constants using the Maud software are collected in Table 2. As you can see in Fig. 9 the Rietveld refinement of PXRD pattern of hydroxyapatite substituted by the adsorption hydroxyapatite Ba2+ ions does not reveal changes in the hydroxyapatite. The structure reflection from the PDF card 64–738 fits the experimental PXRD reflection, and the fitting parameters (sig and Rwp) are pretty good.

Fig. 9

The PXRD pattern of hydroxyapatite with the adsorbed Ba2+ ions after 2 weeks of conditioning in the solution of the initial concentration 0.001 mol/dm3 of Ba2+ ions

Table 2

The hydroxyapatite lattice constants


a [Å]

c [Å]

V [Å3]


Rwp [%]













The substitution of divalent metal ions in the hydroxyapatite lattice can change not only the crystal lattice constants but also the crystal size and crystallinity degree. The crystallinity degree was calculated using the Landi et al. equation and taking into account the intensity of (300) reflection and the value of hollow between (112) and (300) reflections (Landi et al. 2000). The values of the crystal size were calculated using the Scherrer equation from FWHM of (002) and (300) reflections (Smiciklas et al. 2008). The crystal size and crystallinity degree are collected in Table 3 for the initial sample and that matured in the 0.001 mol/dm3 NaCl aqueous solution and the 0.001 mol/dm3 NaCl aqueous solution containing 0.001 mol/dm3 Ba2+ ions, the latter samples were matured for 2 weeks.

Table 3

The crystal size and crystallinity degree of the HAp samples matured for 2 weeks in the aqueous solutions


D(002) [nm]

D(300) [nm]


V [nm3]

Crystallity degree [%]












NaCl + Ba2+






The small changes of crystal size upon adsorption of divalent ions from the solution of the concentration smaller/equal 0.001 mol/dm3 prove mechanism of these ions adsorption through the ion exchange and adsorption on the hydroxyl group of the HAp surface.

The comparison of specific surface area and porosity of the initial hydroxyapatite sample and those conditioned for 2 weeks in the 0.001 mol/dm3 NaCl solution and the 0.001 mol/dm3 NaCl + 0.001 mol/dm3 Ba2+ ions mixture. As one can seen the samples conditioned in the aqueous solution of NaCl and in the NaCl and Ba2+ mixture exhibit an increase of the specific surface area and an insignificant decrease of average pore diameter, Table 4. These small effects can be a result of dissolution and precipitation processes occurring in the aqueous solutions which leads to opening new pores. However, the inspection shape of pore size distribution plot, Fig. 10, for these samples exhibit a small decrease of contribution of pores that have the diameter larger than that of the peak of pore size distribution and the small increase contribution of pores with a smaller diameter, Fig. 10. The effect of adsorption on the specific surface area and porosity was different from that observed for the of hydroxyaptite sample with the adsorbed Sr2+ ions (Janusz and Skwarek 2016). This difference may result from the of size of adsorbed ions because Sr2+ adsorption leads to a significant decrease in the crystal size and changes in aggregation of hydroxyapatite particles.

Table 4

Structural porosity parameters and specific surface area of the hydroxyapatite samples



0.001 mol/dm3 NaCl

0.001 mol/dm3 NaCl + 0.001 mol/dm3 Ba2+

BET surface area [m2/g]




BJH adsorption cumulative volume of pores between 1.7 and 300 nm diameter [cm3/g]




BJH desorption on average pore diameter (4V/A) [nm]




Diameter of pore size distribution peak




Fig. 10

Pore size diameters of the investigated hydroxyapatite samples

3.4 Particle size effect of Ba2+ ions adsorption on hydroxyapatite

The precipitation and dissolution processes during adsorption of divalent ions in the hydroxyapatite/aqueous electrolyte solution system can result in appearance of small particles due to dissolution of primordial hydroxyapatite particles as well as nucleation of a new phase. The effects of Ba2+ ions adsorption for 7 days on the particle size distribution of hydroxyapatite are given in Fig. 11. For comparison the particle size distribution of the hydroxyapatite sample matured for 7 days in the 0.001 mol/dm3 NaCl solution is presented. As can be seen maturation of HAp in the solution containing Ba2+ ions causes trimodal distribution of particles. The decrease of the fraction of fine particles in the range 0.5–7 µm and the increase of particles fraction in the range 7–30 µm were observed and additionally, a new fraction of particles, size from 40 to 150 µm appeared. This effect is a result of particle aggregation due to the decrease of absolute zeta potential values in the presence of Ba2+ ions, Fig. 8.

Fig. 11

The comparison of particle size distribution of hydroxyapatite matured in 0.001 mol/dm3 NaCl in the absence and presence of Ba2+ ions

4 Conclusions

The course of adsorption kinetics indicates that at the beginning adsorption proceeds quickly and then slowly. The results of measurements of Ba2+ ions adsorption kinetics on hydroxyapatite were adjusted fit to the pseudo-first order equation or by means of the pseudo-second order equation, particle intraparticle diffusion model and multiexponential equation and the multiexponential equation was chosen as the best were chosen for the kinetic adsorption. Desorption of Ba2+ ions from hydroxyapatite due to pH decrease was 18% in the case of desorption from the solution of the initial concentration 0.00001 mol/dm3 Ba2+ and 41% from the solution of the initial concentration 0.001 mol/dm3 Ba2+.

The adsorption of Ba2+ ions increases with the increase of pH of solution which may indicate the contribution of Ba2+ ions reaction with surface hydroxyl or hydrophosphate groups. The comparison of the amount of Ba2+ ins adsorption with release of H+ as a result of this process indicates that at pH 7 55% Ba2+ ions are adsorbed on the surface groups and the other adsorbed Ba2+ ions via exchange with the crystal lattice calcium ions.

The sorption isotherm shape indicates that for the initial concentration of Ba2+ ions larger than 0.001 mol/dm3 dissolution of hydroxyapatite and precipitation of new barium phosphate can take place.

Adsorption of Ba2+ ions decreases the absolute value of the zeta potential and due to decreasing electrostatic repulsion forces between the hydroxyapatite particles leads to significant aggregation hydroxyapatite particles.

The adsorption process has a small effect on the crystal lattice parameters and crystallinity degree. The maturation of hydroxyapatite in the 0.001 mol/dm3 solution of NaCl or the mixture of 0.001 mol/dm3 NaCl and 0,001 mol/dm3 Ba2+ ions for 2 weeks causes an increase of the specific area of hydroxyaptite samples and small changes of samples porosity.


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