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Spectroscopic and first-principles investigations of iodine species incorporation into ettringite; Implications for iodine migration in cement waste forms

Guo, B.*; Xiong, Y.*; Chen, W.*; Saslow, S. A.*; Kozai, Naofumi   ; Onuki, Toshihiko*; Dabo, I.*; Sasaki, Keiko*

To elucidate retention mechanism of cement waste form for radioactive iodine, this paper investigated interaction mechanism between iodine and ettringite, which is a component mineral of cement and has anion exchange ability. We revealed that ettringite has a high capacity for accommodating IO$$_{3}$$$$^{-}$$ via anion substitution for SO$$_{4}$$$$^{2-}$$. The combined iodine K-edge extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectra and first-principles calculations using density functional theory suggested that IO$$_{3}$$$$^{-}$$ was stabilized in ettringite by hydrogen bonding and electrostatic forces. The bonding charge density analysis of the substituted IO$$_{3}$$$$^{-}$$ into the ettringite structure revealed the interaction between intercalated IO$$_{3}$$$$^{-}$$ with the structural water molecules. These results provided valuable insight into the long-term stabilization of anionic iodine species and their migration in cementitious nuclear waste repository or alkaline environments.



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