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The washing of hydrous zirconia with alcohols to reduce the incidence of hard agglomerates on subsequent drying is well known. The results of methanol dehydration of hydrous zirconia (zirconium hydroxide), [Zr4(μ-OH)8(OH)8(H2O)8]˙ xH2O, show that only μ-OH groups are unaffected. This suggests two things: First, the removal of nonbridging hydrooxo groups and water with alcohols such as methanol leads to a reduction/elimination of hard agglomerates. Second, hard agglomerate formation is associated with condensation reactions involving nonbridging hydroxo groups (Zr-OH+HO-Zr[RIGHTWARDS ARROW]Zr-O-Zr+H2O).