Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 307, Issue 2, pp 1093–1104 | Cite as

Sorption and desorption properties of Eu(III) on attapulgite

  • Zhongshan Chen
  • Jietao He
  • Lei Chen
  • Songsheng Lu


The sorption–desorption of Eu(III) on attapulgite was studied using batch technique. The sorption of Eu(III) on attapulgite was strongly dependent on pH and ionic strength at low pH, and independent of ionic strength at high pH. The interaction was dominated by outer-sphere surface complexation/ion exchange at low pH, and by inner-sphere surface complexation at high pH. The irreversible sorption–desorption curves also suggested the formation of strong surface complexes. The high sorption capacity of attapulgite suggested that the attapulgite is a suitable material for the efficient elimination of Eu(III) from aqueous solutions in nuclear wastewater management.


152+154Eu(III) Attapulgite Sorption–desorption Interaction mechanism 



Financial support from National Natural Science Foundation of China (21375148) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities are acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhongshan Chen
    • 1
  • Jietao He
    • 1
  • Lei Chen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Songsheng Lu
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Environment and Chemical EngineeringNorth China Electric Power UniversityBeijingPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.School of Chemical EngineeringShandong University of TechnologyZiboPeople’s Republic of China

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