Adsorption behavior of americium on zeolites

Yoshinao Ishihara, Hitoshi Mimura, Kenichi Akiba

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Zeolites are expected to be used in buffer materials as an admixture to bentonite to increase their ion exchange ability. The behavior of ion exchange adsorption of Am3+ on various zeolites was examined by batch and column methods. The distribution coefficient of Am3+, Kd, increased with equilibrium pH from 1.5 to 4.0. L zeolite and mordenite having large pore size yielded relatively large values of Kd over 103 at pH 3.0. The Kd for L zeolite was unaffected by the concentration of coexisting cations, i.e. Na+ up to 0.1 M, and K+, Ca2+ and Mg2+ less than 0.01 m. The Am3+ ion was not detected in the effluent passed through the L zeolite column up to 90 bed volumes, even when the feed solution contained a relatively large amount of Na+-0.5 m. Americium ion adsorbed on zeolites could be quantitatively eluted with 0.1 m nitric acid.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-151
Number of pages8
Journaljournal of nuclear science and technology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1991 Feb


  • Adsorption
  • Americium ions
  • Coexisting cation
  • Distribution coefficient
  • Ion exchange
  • L zeolite
  • Mordenite
  • PH value
  • Pore size
  • Zeolites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering


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