Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 299, Issue 3, pp 1589–1595 | Cite as

Surface modification to improve the sorption property of U(VI) on mesoporous silica

  • Lijuan Song
  • Yulong Wang
  • Lu Zhu
  • Bolong Guo
  • Suwen Chen
  • Wangsuo Wu


Polyoxometalates K7[α-PW11O39]·14H2O (PW11) modified mesoporous silica (MCM-48) with cubic structure, was prepared by impregnation and calcination methods. The modified mesoporous silica sorbent (PW11/MCM-48) was studied as a potential adsorbent for U(VI) from aqueous solutions. MCM-48 and PW11/MCM-48 were confirmed by X-ray diffraction and nitrogen physisorption techniques. The results indicate the original keggin structure of PW11 and mesoporous structure of MCM-48 are maintained after supporting PW11 on mesoporous silica MCM-48. The effects of contact time, solid-to-liquid ratio (m/V), solution pH and ionic strength on U(VI) sorption behaviors of the pure and modified mesoporous silicas were also studied. Typical sorption isotherms such as Langmuir and Freundlich isotherms were determined for sorption process. The results suggest that the sorption of U(VI) on MCM-48 or PW11/MCM-48 are strongly dependent on pH values but independent of ionic strength. The sorption capacity of PW11/MCM-48 for U(VI) is about ten times more than that of MCM-48.


Mesoporous silica Modify Polyoxometalates Sorption U(VI) 



This work was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (21101082, J1210001) and Fundamental Research Funds for the Central University (Lzujbky-2013-55).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lijuan Song
    • 1
  • Yulong Wang
    • 1
  • Lu Zhu
    • 1
  • Bolong Guo
    • 1
  • Suwen Chen
    • 1
  • Wangsuo Wu
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Radiochemistry and Nuclear Environment, School of Nuclear Science and TechnologyLanzhou UniversityLanzhouPeople’s Republic of China

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