Evaluation of nanoscale zero valent iron particles for the removal of cesium from aqueous solutions

Tamer Shubair, Osama Eljamal, Nobuhiro Matsunaga

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Abstract

The great East Japan Earthquake occurred in 2011 and seriously damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Large amounts of cesium was released into the environment following this accident. Therefore, this study for the first time assessed the applicability of nanosccale zero valent iron (nZVI) for the removal of cesium from aqueous solutions. The removal of cesium was investigated in a batch system with respect to initial cesium concentration, contact time, pH, temperature, competing cations and dosage of nanoparticles. The obtained results showed that nZVI displayed effective performance for removal of cesium. The removal efficiency exceeded 99% at initial cesium concentration of 1 mg/L and 1 g/L dose. The removal of cesium was largely depending on the solution pH and temperature. The current work proved the potential utility of the nZVI in the treatment of cesium contaminated water generated after the Fukushima nuclear accident.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012104
JournalIOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering
Volume454
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 18 2018
Event1st International Conference on Materials Engineering and Sciences, IConMEAS 2018 - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: Aug 8 2018Aug 9 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)

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