International Geological Journal - Official Journal of the Carpathian-Balkan Geological Association

A new method for determining the concentration of vanadyl ions in clays

Pages: 181 - 186

Authors: PAVLE I. PREMOVIC, BUDIMIR S. ILIC, DRAGAN M. DORDEVIC

Abstract: A novel and simple method for quantitatively determining the concentration of vanadyl ions in clays using electron spin resonance data has been developed. Several vanadyl standards with concentrations between 200–1000 ppm were prepared in a mixture of glycerol and kaolinite (KGa-2). The anisotropic electron spin resonance (ESR) spectra were recorded at room temperature, and the specific intensity of the line (attributed to nuclear spin m =–5/2||) was determined. For vanadyl concentrations between 50 ppm and 200 ppm, the standards must be prepared by mixing kaolinite with known vanadyl content (FBT2A-03) and kaolinite (GB1) containing no vanadyl. The method is applicable without modification to other clays and clay-rich sediments containing vanadyl ions. The whole procedure is very suitable for routine work.

Keywords: clay, kaolinite, vanadyl, determination, electron spin resonance

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