Two novel extraction chromatographic resins (EC), termed as RL-1 and RL-2, were prepared by impregnating two benzene-centered tripodal iglycolamide ligands (Bz-T-DGA) containing different spacer groups where the ligands are termed as L-1 and L-2, respectively. They were employed for the uptake of actinide and fission product ions, viz. Am3+, Eu3+, UO2 2+, Np4+, Pu4+, Sr2+, and Cs+, from acidic feeds. Weight distribution coefficient (Kd) values were measured by the batch method and the loaded metal ions were back extracted using a 0.01 M EDTA solution at pH 4. Kinetic modeling of the sorption data of Am(III) on both resins suggested pseudo-second order rate kinetics with rate constants of 1.68 × 10−6 and 2.47 × 10−6 g/cpm.min for the resins containing L-1 and L-2, respectively. Sorption isotherm studies indicated the Langmuir monolayer chemisorption phenomenon with Eu(III) experimentally determined saturation uptake capacities of 6.02 ± 0.11 and 5.49 ± 0.14 mg per g of RL-1 and RL-2 resins, respectively. As the batch uptake study results appeared encouraging, column studies were also carried out using both resins. The resin reusability data indicated a marginal change in the Kd values for the RL-1 resin up to three repeat runs beyond which a steady decrease of the Kd value was seen. On the other hand, in the case of RL-2 a steady decrease in the Kd values was observed for three repeat runs beyond which there was marginal change.
- Extraction chromatography
- Nuclear waste