Collection of lanthanides and actinides from natural waters with conventional and nanoporous sorbents

Bryce E. Johnson, Peter H. Santschi, Chia Ying Chuang, Shigeyoshi Otosaka, Raymond Shane Addleman, Matt Douglas, Ryan D. Rutledge, Wilaiwan Chouyyok, Joseph D. Davidson, Glen E. Fryxell, Jon M. Schwantes

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    Effective collection of trace-level lanthanides and actinides is advantageous for recovery and recycling of valuable resources, environmental remediation, chemical separations, and in situ monitoring. Using isotopic tracers, we have evaluated a number of conventional and nanoporous sorbent materials for their ability to capture and remove selected lanthanides (Ce and Eu) and actinides (Th, Pa, U, and Np) from fresh and salt water systems. In general, the nanostructured materials demonstrated a higher level of performance and consistency. Nanoporous silica surface modified with 3,4-hydroxypyridinone provided excellent collection and consistency in both river water and seawater. The MnO2 materials, in particular the high surface area small particle material, also demonstrated good performance. Other conventional sorbents typically performed at levels below the nanostructured sorbents and demonstrate a larger variability and matrix dependency.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)11251-11258
    Number of pages8
    JournalEnvironmental Science and Technology
    Issue number20
    StatePublished - Oct 16 2012

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Chemistry(all)
    • Environmental Chemistry


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