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Experimental study on modeling of Pu sorption onto quartz

Hemmi, Ko ; Walker, A.*; Yamaguchi, Tetsuji 

Plutonium(IV) sorption onto quartz in carbonate solutions was systematically investigated under anaerobic conditions to analyze the sorption behaviors of Pu(IV) with a non-electrostatic model (NEM). Pu(IV) sorption data was obtained from batch sorption experiments as a function of pH and carbonate concentration. The Pu(IV) sorption onto quartz showed similar tendencies to Th(IV), which is considered to be chemically analogous as a tetravalent actinoid. The distribution coefficient, ${it K}$d, of Pu(IV) onto quartz showed inverse proportionality to the square of the total carbonate concentration under the investigated pH conditions of 8 to 11. The modeling study, however, revealed a Th(IV) sorption model, which is $$equiv$$SOTh(OH)$$_{4}$$$$^{-}$$ and $$equiv$$SOThOH(CO$$_{3}$$)$$_{2}$$$$^{2-}$$, could not be applied to simulate the Pu(IV) sorption onto quartz. It was inferred that the electrostatic repulsion between negatively charged ligands limited the formation of $$equiv$$SOM(OH)$$_{4}$$$$^{-}$$ and $$equiv$$SOMOH(CO$$_{3}$$)$$_{2}$$$$^{2-}$$ for Pu(IV) with smaller ionic radii than Th(IV). The Pu(IV) sorption model was developed as $$equiv$$SOPu(OH)$$_{3}$$ and $$equiv$$SOPu(OH)$$_{4}$$$$^{-}$$. In addition, data of Pu(IV) sorption onto muscovite was obtained in order to be compared with data for quartz.

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