Indexed on: 25 May '07Published on: 25 May '07Published in: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
The influence of aging in mild aqueous conditions (pH 4, 7 and 9) on surface properties of plasma sprayed oxide was studied using electrophoretic mobility studies and measuring concentrations of dissolved species from exposure liquids. In addition, required acid/base additions to maintain constant pH, redox potentials suspension conductivities were measured. The experiment time was two weeks. The plasma sprayed materials were based on Al(2)O(3), TiO(2) and Cr(2)O(3). Materials based on Al(2)O(3) dissolved easily at pH 4 due to presence of metastable gamma-Al(2)O(3) phase. In addition there was clear change in surface charging properties (zeta potential) of Al(2)O(3) surfaces so that the estimated IEP value drifted from >9 at the beginning of aging and dropped down to 8.5-8.7 after 2 weeks of treatment. Plasma sprayed TiO(2) did not dissolve under the experiment conditions. Even thought the surface charging (zeta potential) changed during the exposure, the estimated IEP remained close to the values reported for pure TiO(2) materials. Plasma sprayed Cr(2)O(3) based materials were also insoluble at the studied pH values. On the other hand, the estimated IEP values deviated radically from the reported PZC values of similar materials.