, Volume 16, Issue 4–5, pp 321–332 | Cite as

Influence of solution pH on stability of aluminum oxide suspension in presence of polyacrylic acid

  • S. ChibowskiEmail author
  • M. Wiśniewska
  • T. Urban


The effect of solution pH and molecular weight of polyacrylic acid (PAA) on its adsorption as well as on stabilization-floculation properties of the colloidal Al2O3 and electrolyte solution systems was studied.

The measurements showed that at pH = 6, the presence of the polymer of molecular weight 2 000 and 240 000 does not change stability of Al2O3 suspension. However at pH =3 and 9 the effect of polyacrylic acid is significant. At pH = 3 it creates destabilization of the suspension while at pH = 9 PAA it improves significantly the stability of Al2O3.

It was shown that the increase in solution pH affects conformation of adsorbed macromolecules which causes the decrease in PAA adsorbed amount and thickness of polymer adsorption layer.

By comparing the values of diffusion layer and surface charges, main effects responsible for the decrease in surface charge and ζ potential of the solid in the presence of the polymer as well as suspension stability were determined.


Polymer adsorption pH influence Polyacrylic acid Suspension stability Alumina 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Radiochemistry and Colloids Chemistry, Faculty of ChemistryMaria Curie Sklodowska UniversityLublinPoland

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