Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 314, Issue 2, pp 1063–1073 | Cite as

Speciation modeling and sorption mechanism for decontamination of naturally occurring radionuclide from sulfuric acid liquor by anion exchange process

  • Sameh H. OthmanEmail author
  • Azza A. Ezz Eldin
  • Emad H. Borai
  • Wageha H. Mahmoud


Various uranyl sulfate complexes are formed during the digestion of monazite mineral by sulfuric acid. Uranyl sulfate sorption by AMBERJET 4200 Cl has been studied to find out the proper mechanism, equilibrium and kinetics basis. At pH of 3.0 and 0.5 M SO4 the dominant solution species of U(VI) is [UO2(SO4)3]−4 anionic complex. High sorbent affinity and monolayer sorption mechanism are approved by different isotherms. The rate is found to be controlled by surface adsorption and intra-particle diffusion. The equilibrium equation and kinetic parameters are estimated. The thermodynamic studies reveal that the reaction is endothermic and spontaneous.


Uranium AMBERJET 4200 Cl Sorption isotherms Uptake kinetics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sameh H. Othman
    • 1
    Email author
  • Azza A. Ezz Eldin
    • 1
  • Emad H. Borai
    • 2
  • Wageha H. Mahmoud
    • 3
  1. 1.Nuclear Research Center, Atomic Energy AuthorityCairoEgypt
  2. 2.Department of Analytical ChemistryHot Laboratory Centre, Atomic Energy AuthorityCairoEgypt
  3. 3.Department of ChemistryAin Shams UniversityCairoEgypt

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