Removal of uranium(VI) from acetate medium using Lewatit TP 260 resin

Research paper by Abdelhakim Kadous, Mohamed Amine Didi, Didier Villemin

Indexed on: 04 Jan '11Published on: 04 Jan '11Published in: Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry


Removal of uranium(VI) ions from acetate medium in aqueous solution was investigated using Lewatit TP260 (weakly acidic, macroporous-type ion exchange resin with chelating aminomethylphosphonic functional groups) in batch system. The parameters that affect the uranium(VI) sorption, such as contact time, solution pH, initial uranium(VI) concentration, adsorbent dose and temperature have been investigated. Results have been analyzed by Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm; the former was more suitable to describe the sorption process. The moving boundary particle diffusion model only fits the initial metal adsorption on the resin. The rate constant for the uranium sorption by Lewatit TP260 was 0.441 min−1 from the first order rate equation. The total sorption capacity was found to be 58.33 mg g−1 under optimum experimental conditions. Thermodynamic parameters (ΔH = 61.74 kJ/mol; ΔS = 215.3 J/mol K; ΔG = −2.856 kJ/mol) showed the adsorption of an endothermic process and spontaneous nature, respectively.