Approaches to modelling uranium (VI) adsorption on natural mineral assemblages

Radiochimica Acta
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Component additivity (CA) and generalised composite (GC) approaches to deriving a suitable surface complexation model for description of U(VI) adsorption to natural mineral assemblages are pursued in this paper with good success. A single, ferrihydrite-like component is found to reasonably describe uranyl uptake to a number of kaolinitic iron-rich natural substrates at pH > 4 in the CA approach with previously published information on nature of surface complexes, acid-base properties of surface sites and electrostatic effects used in the model. The GC approach, in which little pre-knowledge about generic surface sites is assumed, gives even better fits and would appear to be a method of particular strength for application in areas such as performance assessment provided the model is developed in a careful, stepwise manner with simplicity and goodness of fit as the major criteria for acceptance.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Approaches to modelling uranium (VI) adsorption on natural mineral assemblages
Series title Radiochimica Acta
DOI 10.1524/ract.2000.88.9-11.687
Volume 88
Year Published 2000
Language English
Publisher International Atomic Energy Agency
Contributing office(s) Toxic Substances Hydrology Program
Description 10 p.
First page 687
Last page 696