Volume 46 - Issue 2 - 187 - 197

Selective Separation and Preconcentration of Thorium(IV) in Bastnaesite Ore Using Thorium(IV)-Imprinted Cryogel Polymer

Toryum(IV) Baskılı Kriyojel Polimer Kullanılarak Bastnaesit Cevherindeki Toryum(IV)’un Seçici Olarak Ayrılması ve Önderiştirilmesi

In this study, selective separation and preconcentration of Th(IV) in aqueous solutions and bastnaesite ore in the presence various lanthanide ions by using Th(IV)-imprinted polymer was conducted. For this purpo- se, Th(IV) was complexed with N-methacryloyl antipyrine (MAAP) and the prepared (MAAP)2-Th(IV) complex monomer was polymerized with 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) cryogel to prepare pHEMA-(MAAP)2-Th(IV) cryogel polymer by free radical polymerization. Th(IV) was desorbed with 5.0 mol.L-1 HNO3 and thus Th(IV)-imrinted were created onto p-HEMA-(MAAP)2 cryogel polymer. To determine the optimum conditions, in the process of selective binding of Th(IV) ion to Th(IV)-imprinted p-HEMA-(MAAP)2 cryogel polymer, some parameters such as pH, flow rate, initial Th(IV) concentration were investigated. Under the optimum conditions, the maximum binding capacity was obtained as 48.30 mg.g-1. Selectivity studies were also carried out in the presence of Ce(III), La(III) and Eu(III) ions using Th(IV)-imprinted p-HEMA-(MAAP)2 cryogel polymer. It was found that p-HEMA-(MAAP)2 cryogel polymer displayed high selectivity toward Th(IV) ion.

Download Article in PDF (1 MB)

  • ISSN 1303 5002
  • © 1973-2019 Hacettepe University