Adsorption Behaviour of Polyelectrolytes in Relation to the Crystal Growth Kinetics of Barium Sulfate

  • M. C. van der Leeden
  • G. M. van Rosmalen


For two polyphosphinoacrylates PPAA-I and PPAA-II and a copolymer of maleic acid and vinylsulfonic acid PMA-PVS, the adsorption levels on BaSO4 were determined as a function of time and compared with the growth inhibiting effectiveness of these compounds in BaSO4 crystallization. Only slightly different values are found for the equilibrium adsorption plateau of the best growth retarder PMA-PVS and the moderate inhibitor PPAA-II, but the time needed to establish the plateau coverage appears to be considerably shorter in the case of PMA-PVS. An indication is found that the adsorption rate of PPAA-II interferes with the growth rate of BaSO4 in the absence of an inhibitor under the given experimental conditions, which has a negative influence on its growth inhibiting performance.


Barium Sulfate Adsorption Rate Seed Crystal Adsorption Time Linear Growth Rate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. C. van der Leeden
    • 1
  • G. M. van Rosmalen
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of Physical ChemistryDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Laboratory for Process EquipmentDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

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