Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 319, Issue 3, pp 1145–1157 | Cite as

Radiation synthesis of starch-acrylic acid–vinyl sulfonic acid/multiwalled carbon nanotubes composite for the removal of 134Cs and 152+154Eu from aqueous solutions

  • Islam Mohamed AbdelmonemEmail author
  • Essam Metwally
  • Tharwat Essa Siyam
  • Farid Abou El-Nour
  • Abdel-Rahman Mahmoud Mousa


Starch-acrylic acid-co-vinyl sulfonic acid/multiwalled carbon nanotubes (starch-AA-VSA/f-MWCNTs) bionanocomposite was successfully synthesized using gamma radiation for initiate the grafting of AA/VSA on starch in the presence of f-MWCNTs by template polymerization technique. The structural characteristics were confirmed by FTIR, SEM, and TGA. The adsorption behaviors of bionanocomposite toward Eu(III) and Cs(I) were examined using the batch adsorption experiments. Langmuir and Freundlich’s models were used to fit the experimental data of the adsorption isotherms. Kinetic studies showed that the adsorption data followed the pseudo-second-order model. Thermodynamic studies indicated that the reaction was favorable at high temperature and endothermic process.


Multiwall carbon nanotube Template polymerization Radiation-induced graft copolymerization Acrylic acid–vinyl sulfonic acid grafted starch Europium and Cesium removal 


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Conflict of interest

All authors declared no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Islam Mohamed Abdelmonem
    • 1
    Email author
  • Essam Metwally
    • 1
  • Tharwat Essa Siyam
    • 1
  • Farid Abou El-Nour
    • 1
  • Abdel-Rahman Mahmoud Mousa
    • 2
  1. 1.Nuclear Chemistry Department, Hot Laboratories CentreEgyptian Atomic Energy AuthorityCairoEgypt
  2. 2.Chemistry Department, Faculty of ScienceAin Shams UniversityAbassia, CairoEgypt

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