Preparation of Needle like Aragonite Precipitated Calcium Carbonate (PCC) from Dolomite by Carbonation Method

  • Ramakrishna, Chilakala ;
  • Thenepalli, Thriveni ;
  • Huh, Jae-Hoon ;
  • Ahn, Ji Whan
  • Received : 2015.12.09
  • Accepted : 2016.01.06
  • Published : 2016.01.31


In this paper, we have developed a simple, new and economical carbonation method to synthesize a pure form of aragonite needles using dolomite raw materials. The obtained aragonite Precipitated Calcium Carbonate (PCC) was characterized by XRD and SEM, for the measurement of morphology, particle size, and aspect ratio (ratio of length to diameter of the particles). The synthesis of aragonite PCC involves two steps. At first, after calcinated dolomite fine powder was dissolved in water for hydration, the hydrated solution was mixed with aqueous solution of magnesium chloride at $80^{\circ}C$, and then $CO_2$ was bubbled into the suspension for 3 h to produce aragonite PCC. Finally, aragonite type precipitated calcium carbonate can be synthesized from natural dolomite via a simple carbonation process, yielding product with average particle size of $30-40{\mu}m$.


Precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC);Carbonation;Dolomite;Aspect ratio


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