Allophane-related aluminium silicates with various chemical compositions were synthesized using a hydrothermal reaction with inorganic reagents as starting solutions. The X-ray diffraction traces of the synthesized allophanes showed broad reflections centred at 0.34 and 0.23 nm, which were attributed to the imogolite-like structure of the allophanes. Energy-dispersive X-ray measurements confirmed that the Al-rich materials were synthesized as targeted. The specific surface area of the synthesized allophanes was 313–500 m2 g–1, which is greater than that of a natural allophane (248 m2 g–1). The amount of nitrate adsorbed on the synthesized allophanes tended to increase as the Al content increased. The maximum amount of nitrate adsorbed was 2.07 mmol g–1 at pH ~2, which was comparable to that of a common anion-exchange material. A possible adsorption mechanism for nitrate at lower pH levels is the weak NO3 interaction of the positively charged surface of Al-OH2+ sites.

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