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Title: Nanostructured Metal Oxide Sorbents for the Collection and Recovery of Uranium from Seawater

The ability to collect uranium from seawater offers the potential for a long-term green fuel supply for nuclear energy. However, extraction of uranium, and other trace minerals, is challenging due to the high ionic strength and low mineral concentrations in seawater. Herein we evaluate the use of nanostructured metal oxide sorbents for the collection and recovery of uranium from seawater. Chemical affinity, chemical adsorption capacity and kinetics of preferred sorbent materials were evaluated. High surface area manganese and iron oxide nanomaterials showed excellent performance for uranium collection from seawater. Inexpensive nontoxic carbonate solutions were demonstrated to be an effective and environmental benign method of stripping the uranium from the metal oxide sorbents. Various formats for the utilization of the nanostructured metals oxide sorbent materials are discussed including traditional and nontraditional methods such as magnetic separation. Keywords: Uranium, nano, manganese, iron, sorbent, seawater, magnetic, separations, nuclear energy
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Journal ID: ISSN 0888-5885; AF5855000
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research; Journal Volume: 55; Journal Issue: 15
American Chemical Society (ACS)
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Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
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United States