Adsorption of inositol hexaphosphate (IP(6)) on goethite has been studied as a function of pH and concentration, and by use of Attenuated Total Reflectance-Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR). While adsorption was highest at low pH, a significant amount remained adsorbed above pH 10 where, in the absence of IP(6), the surface is expected to have a net negative charge. The adsorption isotherm at pH 5.5 indicated strong binding to the surface with each adsorbed species occupying about 2.5 nm(2). ATR-FTIR spectra of IP(6) solutions in the pH range from 2 to 12 were fitted with a single set of IR bands which were assigned primarily by analogy with phosphate spectra. From its variation in intensity with pH the band at 1040 cm(-1) was assigned to the effect of hydrogen bonding on the PO vibration. No additional bands were required to fit the spectra of IP(6) adsorbed to goethite, indicating that adsorption occurs by outer-sphere complexation in this system. At all pH values studied the band associated with hydrogen bonding was more intense for the adsorbed species than in solution at the corresponding pH indicating that hydrogen bonding plays an important role in binding IP(6) to goethite.