Adsorption of UO22+, Tl+, Pb2+, Ra2+ and Ac3+ onto polyacrylamide-bentonite composite

Simsek S. , Ulusoy U. , Ceyhan O.

Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, vol.256, no.2, pp.315-321, 2003 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 256 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Doi Number: 10.1023/a:1023953805247
  • Title of Journal : Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
  • Page Numbers: pp.315-321


Composite of polyacrylamide-bentonite (PAA-B) was prepared by direct polymerization in a suspension of bentonite (B), the composite was then modified by phytic acid (PAA-B-Phy). The parameters related to adsorption of UO22+ in absence and presence of 0.01 M CaCl2 and of natural radionuclides (Tl+, Pb2+, Ra2+ and Ac3+ in a leaching solution) onto PAA-B and PAA-B-Phy, and thermodynamics of the adsorption were investigated. Adsorption isotherms were of L and H types for the adsorption of UO22+ onto PAA-B and PAA-B-Phy, whilst for Tl-+,Tl- Pb2+, Ra2+ and Ac3+ they were of C type for both adsorbents. Langmuir equilibrium constants for the adsorption of all studied ions onto PAA-B-Phy were significantly higher than those found for PAA-B. The thermodynamic parameters indicated that adsorption reactions are spontaneous in terms of adsorption free enthalpy. The composite of PAA-B and its modification by Phy have been used for the first time in this study. It is concluded that the composites can be practically used for adsorption and applied as adsorbent of radionuclides.