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Title: Novel poly(imide dioxime) sorbents: Development and testing for enhanced extraction of uranium from natural seawater

Abstract

We synthesized a new series of amidoxime-based polymer adsorbents at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) by electron beam induced grafting of acrylonitrile and itaconic acid onto polyethylene fiber. We also demonstrate hydroxylamine derivatives of poly(acrylonitrile) (PAN) moiety to possess two kinds of functional groups: open-chain amidoxime and cyclic imide dioxime. The open-chain amidoxime is shown to convert to imide dioxime on heat treatment in the presence of an aprotic solvent, like dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO). Furthermore, the formation of amidoxime and imide dioxime was confirmed by 13C CP-MAS spectra. The adsorbents were evaluated for uranium adsorption efficiency at ORNL with simulated seawater spiked with 8 ppm uranium and 5 gallon seawater in a batch reactor, and in flow-through columns with natural seawater at the Marine Science Laboratory (MSL) of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) at Sequim Bay, WA. The DMSO-heat-treated sorbents adsorbed uranium as high as 4.48 g-U/kg-ads. from seawater. Experimental evidence is presented that the poly(imide dioxime) is primarily responsible for enhanced uranium adsorption capacity from natural seawater. The conjugated system in the imide dioxime ligand possesses increased electron donation ability, which is believed to significantly enhance the uranyl coordination in seawater.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [3];  [3];  [4]
  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  2. Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States). Dept. of Chemistry
  3. Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States). Marine Sciences Lab.
  4. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States). Dept. of Chemistry
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)
OSTI Identifier:
1362207
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1341105
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Chemical Engineering Journal
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 298; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 1385-8947
Publisher:
Elsevier
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; polymer; grafting; amidoxime; imide dioxime; uranium adsorption; seawater

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Das, Sadananda, Brown, Suree, Mayes, Richard T., Janke, Christopher J., Tsouris, Costas, Kuo, Li -Jung, Gill, Gary A., and Dai, Sheng. Novel poly(imide dioxime) sorbents: Development and testing for enhanced extraction of uranium from natural seawater. United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1016/j.cej.2016.04.013.
Das, Sadananda, Brown, Suree, Mayes, Richard T., Janke, Christopher J., Tsouris, Costas, Kuo, Li -Jung, Gill, Gary A., & Dai, Sheng. Novel poly(imide dioxime) sorbents: Development and testing for enhanced extraction of uranium from natural seawater. United States. doi:10.1016/j.cej.2016.04.013.
Das, Sadananda, Brown, Suree, Mayes, Richard T., Janke, Christopher J., Tsouris, Costas, Kuo, Li -Jung, Gill, Gary A., and Dai, Sheng. Sat . "Novel poly(imide dioxime) sorbents: Development and testing for enhanced extraction of uranium from natural seawater". United States. doi:10.1016/j.cej.2016.04.013. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1362207.
@article{osti_1362207,
title = {Novel poly(imide dioxime) sorbents: Development and testing for enhanced extraction of uranium from natural seawater},
author = {Das, Sadananda and Brown, Suree and Mayes, Richard T. and Janke, Christopher J. and Tsouris, Costas and Kuo, Li -Jung and Gill, Gary A. and Dai, Sheng},
abstractNote = {We synthesized a new series of amidoxime-based polymer adsorbents at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) by electron beam induced grafting of acrylonitrile and itaconic acid onto polyethylene fiber. We also demonstrate hydroxylamine derivatives of poly(acrylonitrile) (PAN) moiety to possess two kinds of functional groups: open-chain amidoxime and cyclic imide dioxime. The open-chain amidoxime is shown to convert to imide dioxime on heat treatment in the presence of an aprotic solvent, like dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO). Furthermore, the formation of amidoxime and imide dioxime was confirmed by 13C CP-MAS spectra. The adsorbents were evaluated for uranium adsorption efficiency at ORNL with simulated seawater spiked with 8 ppm uranium and 5 gallon seawater in a batch reactor, and in flow-through columns with natural seawater at the Marine Science Laboratory (MSL) of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) at Sequim Bay, WA. The DMSO-heat-treated sorbents adsorbed uranium as high as 4.48 g-U/kg-ads. from seawater. Experimental evidence is presented that the poly(imide dioxime) is primarily responsible for enhanced uranium adsorption capacity from natural seawater. The conjugated system in the imide dioxime ligand possesses increased electron donation ability, which is believed to significantly enhance the uranyl coordination in seawater.},
doi = {10.1016/j.cej.2016.04.013},
journal = {Chemical Engineering Journal},
number = C,
volume = 298,
place = {United States},
year = {2016},
month = {4}
}

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