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Surfactant-assisted synthesis of pure calcium carbonate nanoparticles from Sri Lankan dolomite

Authors:

MMMGPG Mantilaka ,

LK
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Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya.
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WPSL Wijesinghe,

LK
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Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya.
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HMTGA Pitawala,

LK
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Department of Geology, Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya.
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RMG Rajapakse,

LK
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Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya.
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DGGP Karunaratne

LK
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Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya.
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Abstract

Sri Lanka is rich in extensive deposits of dolomitic marbles with large quantities, which have not yet been exploited on an industrial-scale to produce value-added products such as precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) nanoparticles. PCC is used extensively and is imported by Sri Lankan industries for application as a filler and extender. Hence, this work attempts to examine Sri Lankan impure dolomitic marbles as a source for the synthesis of pure PCC nanoparticles, so as to fulfill the current industrial demand and to add value to the cheap and mundane marbles. As reported in this paper, the calcium (Ca) components of the marbles can be extracted from impurities by preparing solutions of saturated calcium hydroxide, calcium citrate, Ca2+-ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid complexes and calcium sucrate, separately from dolomite. PCC nanoparticles are then synthesized by adding sodium carbonate to each calcium extract. The results shows that the best extract to synthesize PCC nanoparticles with high yield and purity is calcium sucrate. Here, calcium sucrate has been used for surfactant assisted hydrothermal synthesis of PCC nanoparticles with particle sizes ranging from 38.9 − 51.6 nm, which is a novel effort. This method could be applied to manufacture PCC nanoparticles on an industrial-scale.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/jnsfsr.v42i3.7398

J.Natn.Sci.Foundation Sri Lanka 2014 42 (3): 247-254

How to Cite: Mantilaka, M., Wijesinghe, W., Pitawala, H., Rajapakse, R. and Karunaratne, D., 2014. Surfactant-assisted synthesis of pure calcium carbonate nanoparticles from Sri Lankan dolomite. Journal of the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka, 42(3), pp.247–254. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jnsfsr.v42i3.7398
Published on 10 Sep 2014.
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