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Title: Development and evaluation of a silver mordenite composite sorbent for the partitioning of xenon from krypton in gas compositions

A new engineered form composite sorbent for the selective separation of xenon from krypton in simulant composition off-gas streams resulting from the reprocessing of used nuclear fuel has been developed and evaluated. A sodium mordenite powder was incorporated into a macroporous polymer binder, formed into spherical beads and successfully converted to a 9 wt.% silver form composite sorbent. The final engineered form sorbent retained the characteristic surface area indicative of sodium mordenite powder. The sorbent was evaluated for xenon adsorption potential with capacities measured as high as 30 millimoles of xenon per kilogram of sorbent achieved at ambient temperature and 460 millimoles of xenon per kilogram sorbent at 220 K. Xenon/krypton selectivity was calculated to be 22.4 with a 1020 µL/L xenon, 150 µL/L krypton in a balance of air feed gas at 220 K. Furthermore, adsorption/desorption thermal cycling effects were evaluated with results indicating sorbent performance was not significantly impacted while undergoing numerous adsorption/desorption thermal cycles.
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  1. Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0022-3131
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Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology (Tokyo)
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Journal Name: Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology (Tokyo); Journal Volume: 53; Journal Issue: 10; Journal ID: ISSN 0022-3131
Taylor & Francis
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Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
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United States
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS adsorption; volatile fission products; fuel reprocessing; separation process; xenon; silver mordenite