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Effect of Phosphate Inhibitors on the Formation of Lead Phosphate/Carbonate Nanorods, Microrods and Dendritic Structures

Citation:

Nadagouda, M. N., M. R. SCHOCK, D. METZ, M. K. DeSantis, D. Lytle, AND M. Welch. Effect of Phosphate Inhibitors on the Formation of Lead Phosphate/Carbonate Nanorods, Microrods and Dendritic Structures. Crystal Growth and Design. American Chemical Society, Washington, DC, 9(4):1798-1805, (2009).

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There are several factors which influence the corrosion rate of lead, which in turn morphs into different crystal shapes and sizes. Some of the important factors are: alkalinity, pH, calcium, orthophosphate and silica. Low to moderate alkalinity decreases corrosion rates, while higher alkalinities have a tendency to increase the corrosion rates of lead. This work describes the effect of orthophosphate inhibitor and pH on the formation of different structures of lead phosphate/carbonate nanorods, nanobelts, micro-rods and dendritic structures. The experiments were carried out at different pHs both with and without orthophosphate inhibitor under laboratory conditions, which were intended to represent actual drinking water distribution system (DWDSs) conditions. The surface morphology and crystal structure of the different crystals were obtained using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and selected area diffraction pattern (SAED). The phase identification was done using powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD). With the increase in pH from 6.5 to 8.5, the formation of uniform thickness coating of phosphate was observed, which was in contrast to the different crystal growth under low pH conditions. The XRD patterns indicate that the surface solids contain a mixture of many phases.

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Record Type: DOCUMENT (JOURNAL/PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL)
Start Date: 02/20/2009
Completion Date: 02/20/2009
Record Last Revised: 05/15/2009
Record Created: 04/20/2009
Record Released: 04/20/2009
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 206923

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT RESEARCH LABORATORY

WATER SUPPLY AND WATER RESOURCES DIVISION

TREATMENT TECHNOLOGY EVALUATION BRANCH