Aluminum hydroxide, white solid, is a typical amphoteric hydroxide that is insoluble in water but soluble in acid or alkali. It can be transformed into alumina after heated in the air for dehydration, which is important for alumina production. Aluminum hydroxide is a widely used chemical product, and it is mainly used as plastic and polymer fillers, blanket flame retardant and binder, epoxy resin filler, toothpaste fillers, glass ingredients as well as paper color fillers and coatings. It can be also used to product sulfuric acid Aluminum, alum, aluminum fluoride and sodium aluminate, and to synthesize molecular sieve. The gel and drying gel of aluminum hydroxide can be used in medicine as antacids to neutralize gastric acid and protect ulcer surface for the treatment of gastric and duodenal ulcer disease and hyperacidity.
Aluminum hydroxide, Al(OH)3, also known as aluminum trihydroxide, aluminum trihydrate, aluminum hydrate, hydrated alumina, and hydrated aluminum oxide, is a white to whitish-yellow water-insoluble powder with a specific gravity of 2.42. Aluminum hydroxide is used as a baseforpigments, as a water repellent in textile coatings, and as an antacid in medicine. Aluminum hydroxide is soluble in hydrochloric or sulfuric acids or in sodiumhydroxide.
Hazards & Safety Information
Category Toxic substances
Toxicity classification High toxic
Acute toxicity celiac-rat LD50: 150 mg/kg
Storage and transportation characteristics Ventilation; Low temperature; dry
Fire extinguishing agent dry powder, foam, sand, carbon dioxide; fog water
Occupational Standard TWA 2mg (Al)/m3
Physical and chemical properties
Chemical formula: Al(OH)3. White crystal. Density: 2.42g•cm-3. Dehydration temperature: 300℃. Insoluble in water. Aluminum hydroxide is a typical amphoteric hydroxide, and it can be soluble in acid to form aluminum salt and soluble in alkali to form aluminate.
The overview, physical and chemical properties, preparation methods and applications of the aluminum hydroxide are edited by the Eastern editor of Chemicalbook. (2016-12-01)
Solubility in water
Solubility in 100 ml of water: 0.0001 g/20℃
Mainly used as an Active medicament in an Antacid Formulations, also used in manufacturing of Lake Colors, Inks, glass, effluent treatment, and fire retardants.
The toxicity of aluminum mainly includes two aspects: the first is the mechanical stimulation to lung tissue; the second is to make protein precipitation and form fiber-like irreversible protein compounds with non-inflammatory performance. The inhalation of aluminum dust can damage the lungs to cause bauxite lung, the chronic symptoms of which have weight loss, easy fatigue, difficult breathing and cough. Aluminum hydroxide is more likely to cause alveolar epithelial hyperplasia than aluminum.The maximum allowable concentration of aluminum hydroxide is 6 mg/m3.
Small trauma can be first treated with alcohol and gasoline, and then covered with non-toxic dressing; large wound can be excised and sutured, and then treated with sulfonamides and penicillin therapy. People working in dusty places should wear gas masks, protective glasses and dust protective overalls to protect the skin and eyes. In addition, every year people should attend a regular physical examination.
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(1) Add alkaline solution to the aluminum sulfate solution under stirring to form precipitation. The precipitation is washed, filtered and dried at low temperature, and then crushed to obtain the finished product. The dewatered paste may also be used as the product directly. The solution concentration, reaction temperature and drying temperature in the preparation process all affect the product quality.
(2) Ammonium bicarbonate method: sulfuric acid reacts with aluminum powder or aluminum ash to generate aluminum sulfate, and then aluminum sulfate perform metathesis reaction with ammonium bicarbonate to obtain aluminum hydroxide.
Sodium aluminate method: caustic soda and aluminum ash react at the ratio of 2: 1 at 100 ° C to obtain sodium aluminate solution. Sulfuric acid and aluminum ash react at the ratio of 1.25: 1 at 110 ° C to produce aluminum sulfate solution. Then, the sodium aluminate solution and the aluminum sulfate solution are neutralized to pH 6.5 to produce aluminum hydroxide precipitate. The obtained precipitate is washed with water, filtered and dried at 70-80℃ for 12 hours, and then crushed to prepare the aluminum hydroxide product.
Recovery method: the recycled aluminum chloride is dissolved in water, decolorized with activated carbon and filtered to remove impurities, and then react with sodium carbonate to produce raw aluminum hydroxide. The raw products are filtered, washed and dried to obtain the final aluminum hydroxide products.
white crystalline powder; Insoluble in water and alcohol; soluble in inorganic acid and sodium hydroxide solution.
(1) Used for preparing waterproof fabrics, inks, glass, paper fillers, mordant, purifying agent, various aluminum salts, etc.
(2) Widely used for plastics, rubber, resin, paint, paint and so on
(3) Used for supporting catalyst and separating the vapor liquid
(4) Used in the industries of petroleum, chemical, fertilizer, natural gas and environmental protection for increasing the gas or liquid distribution points and protecting the low-strength catalyst.
(5) Used as mordants and analysis reagents.
(6) Used as the thickener for ink and the raw materials for manufacturing aluminum salt, enamel, ceramics, glassware and lubricant. Also used for the preparation of various catalyst carrier. Aluminum hydroxide gel can be used for the treatment of duodenal ulcer, gastric ulcer and hyperacidity embolism. In addition, also used in waterproof fabrics, paper fillers, mordant and purifying agent.
(7) Used for printing inks, painting pigments, crayons and rubber packing.
(8) Uses in waterproof fabric, ink, glassware, paper packing, mordant, purifying agent and also used in aluminum salt, lubricant manufacture.
(9) Used for the gravimetric determination of potassium content. Used as adsorbents, emulsifiers, ion exchangers, chromatographic analytes and mordants. Used for the preparation of refractory, glass and pottery, as well as precipitation pigment and waterproof fabric. Also used for the manufacture of aluminum salts.
1. Industrial production methods
Industrial production methods include Bayer and sintering methods.
(1) Bayer method
97% of the bauxite ores produced worldwide each year are treated with Bayer method to obtain alumina. The Bayer method consists of two main processes:
1) Treat bauxite with caustic soda solution to transform the alumina in the ore into sodium aluminate.
2) Decompose the cooled sodium aluminate solution by stirring and then separate by filtration to obtain aluminum hydroxide product.
The caustic soda after decomposition can be recycled.
(2) Sintering method
In industrial aluminum, the sintering method is mainly used for high silica bauxite, namely Al2O3/SiO2 <7. The sintering method includes the following three steps:
1) Mix the bauxite and sodium carbonate solution by a certain percentage for sintering.
2) Eluviate the sintered bauxite with sodium carbonate solution to prepare sodium aluminate.
3) Introduce CO2 gas into the sodium aluminate solution to form aluminum hydroxide. At the same time, caustic soda can be transformed into sodium carbonate and then used repeatedly in the sintering process.
2. Hydrothermal method
Aluminum hydroxide synthesized by hydrothermal method has the advantages of high purity, small particle size, uniform distribution, easily-controlling crystal form and simple operation. Therefore, this method is widely used in the process of synthesis of aluminum hydroxide.
3. Sol-gel method
Sol-gel method is commonly used for the preparation of ultra-fine aluminum hydroxide. The most common sol-gel method for the preparation of aluminum hydroxide is the hydrolysis of aluminum salts and alkoxides in water, the mechanism of which is divided into two steps: 1)-OR group is hydrolyzed to produce-OH; 2) Al3+ reacts with –OH to separate aluminum hydroxide precipitation out.
4. Carbon fractionation
Carbon fractionation is a method that is performed as follows: Introduce CO2 gas into sodium metaaluminate solution to make aluminum hydroxide precipitate down and control the size and morphology of products by adjusting the pH value and CO2 concentration.
5. Microemulsion method
Microemulsion is typically composed of surfactants, cosurfactants, solvents and water (or aqueous solution). Microemulsion has many excellent properties such as ultra-low interfacial tension and high solubilization capacity. The preparation of nano-materials by microemulsion technology can precisely control the crystal growth process of nano-materials, and the micro-emulsion ball can encapsulate the crystal particles to effectively prevent the agglomeration of nano-particles.
1. Chemical raw materials
Aluminum hydroxide has many advantages including large-scale production, adequate raw materials, high product purity and good solubility in acid. Therefore, aluminum hydroxide can be used as an important raw material for the preparation of aluminum salts, such as barium aluminate, aluminum sulfate and so on.
2. Flame retardants
Aluminum hydroxide powder is commonly regarded as an ideal flame retardant filler for plastics, unsaturated polyester, rubber and other organic polymers because of its filling, flame retardant and smoke-eliminating functions and non-toxic property. Flame retardant mechanism of aluminum hydroxide is as follows: when the temperature exceeds 200 ℃, the aluminum hydroxide begin to perform endothermic decomposition and release three crystal water, and its decomposition rate reaches the largest at 250℃.
This reaction is a strong endothermic reaction, thereby inhibiting the polymer temperature rise, reducing its decomposition rate and only producing water vapor, not generating toxic and harmful gases.
Aluminum hydroxide can transform into alumina, which has high thermal chemical stability, thermal strength, creep resistance and dielectric properties and low thermal expansion coefficient. Alumina is an important material for the synthesis of ceramics. In the process of ceramic synthesis, we can control the phase formation of the composite by aluminum hydroxide activation and crystallization process controlling.
4. Sewage treatment
Aluminum hydroxide exists in water mainly in form of Al(OH)4-, which can precipitate toxic heavy metals in sewage by coprecipitation method to achieve the effect of water purification after further filter. Aluminum hydroxide has a high specific surface area, and can adsorb colloid, suspended solids, dyes and organic substances in sewage on its surface.
Aluminum hydroxide can neutralize gastric acid and is non-toxic, for which it is always used as the traditional medicine for the treatment of stomach. The aluminum hydroxide as adjuvant can also improve the immunogenicity of the vaccine, the action mechanism of which is as follows: aluminum hydroxide adsorbs antigen on its surface to allow the antigen slow release so that it can play the role of extending efficacy.
6. Catalyst carrier
In the preparation of aluminum hydroxide, we can obtain various target products with diffrernt surface area, pore volume, pore structure and crystal structure by controlling the temperature, concentration and pH of the reactants, which can be effectively used as a catalyst carrier for the hydrogenation of unsaturated carbonyl compounds and the preparation of fullerenes and the like.
7. Paper industry
Aluminum hydroxide has high whiteness, ultrafine particle size as well as complete crystal form, and has a strong compatibility with brightening agent. Aluminum hydroxide, as an additive coating and resin, can effectively improve the whiteness, opacity, smoothness and ink absorption of coated paper.