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A Thermodynamic model for the solubility of HfO$$_{2}$$(am) in the aqueous K$$^{+}$$ - HCO$$_{3}$$$$^{-}$$ - CO$$_{3}$$$$^{2-}$$ - OH$$^{-}$$ - H$$_{2}$$O system

Rai, D.*; Kitamura, Akira  ; Rosso, K.*

Solubility of HfO$$_{2}$$(am) was determined as a function of KHCO$$_{3}$$ concentrations ranging from 0.001 mol.kg$$^{-1}$$ to 0.1 mol.kg$$^{-1}$$. The solubility of HfO$$_{2}$$(am) increased dramatically with the increase in KHCO$$_{3}$$ concentrations, indicating that Hf(IV) makes strong complexes with carbonate. Thermodynamic equilibrium constants for the formation of Hf-carbonate complexes were determined using both the Pitzer and SIT models. The dramatic increase in Hf concentrations with the increase in KHCO$$_{3}$$ concentrations can best be described by the formation of Hf(OH-)$$_{2}$$(CO$$_{3}$$)$$_{2}$$$$^{2-}$$ and Hf(CO$$_{3}$$)$$_{5}$$$$^{6-}$$. The log$$_{10}$$ K$$^{0}$$ values for the reactions [Hf$$^{4+}$$ + 2 CO$$_{3}$$$$^{2-}$$ +2 OH$$^{-}$$ $$leftrightarrow $$ Hf(OH)$$_{2}$$(CO$$_{3}$$)$$_{2}$$$$^{2-}$$] and [Hf$$^{4+}$$ + 5 CO$$_{3}$$$$^{2-}$$ $$leftrightarrow $$ Hf(CO$$_{3}$$)$$_{5}$$$$^{6-}$$], based on the SIT model, were determined to be 44.53 $$pm$$ 0.46 and 41.53 $$pm$$ 0.46, respectively.

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