Novel one-pot dry method for large-scale production of nano γ-Al2O3 from gibbsite under dry conditions

Abstract

An unprecedented facile one-pot dry method using commercial gibbsite in the presence of ammonium bicarbonate is introduced for the large-scale production of nanostructured gamma alumina particles (NGAs). The efficacy of different non-toxic chelating agents was studied through a dry process in an autoclave reactor, set at a low pressure (60 psi) and temperature (85 °C), and calcination at 450–550 °C was obtained γ-Al2O3. The synthesized physical NGAs were characterized using a variety of techniques, such as X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy energy-dispersive X-ray, N2 adsorption/desorption, fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and thermogravimetric/differential thermal analyzer. The Brunauer-Emmet-Teller surface area, pore volume, and average pore size were determined as 360 m2 g−1, 0.5 cm3 g−1, and 7 nm, respectively, under optimum conditions. Importantly, it was shown that the dry method is well suited for the synthesis of NGAs in the presence of ammonium bicarbonate. Particles were further tuned by controlling reaction temperature, the concentration of the chelating agents, and calcination time. These results demonstrate that a dry method strategy using inexpensive gibbsite and precursors for synthesis of NGAs, instead of aluminum alkoxides, make these materials ideal candidates for numerous applications, including heterogeneous catalysis and adsorbents.

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The authors wish to thank the Nanotechnology Research Center of Research Institute of Petroleum Industry (RIPI) for its support.

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Kiani, S., Samimi, A. & Rashidi, A. Novel one-pot dry method for large-scale production of nano γ-Al2O3 from gibbsite under dry conditions. Monatsh Chem 147, 1153–1159 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00706-015-1642-1

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Keywords

  • Nano gamma alumina particles
  • Gibbsite
  • Dry method synthesis
  • Solvent-deficient
  • One-pot
  • Catalyst supports