Copper(II) ferrocyanide on mesoporous silica (FC-Cu-EDA-SAMMS™) has been evaluated against iron(III) hexacyanoferrate(II) (insoluble Prussian Blue) for removing cesium (Cs+) and thallium (Tl+) from natural waters and simulated acidic and alkaline wastes. From pH 0.1-7.3, FC-Cu-EDA-SAMMS had greater affinities for Cs and Tl and was less affected by the solution pH, competing cations, and matrices. SAMMS also outperformed Prussian Blue in terms of adsorption capacities (e.g., 21.7 versus 2.6mgCs/g in acidic waste stimulant (pH 1.1), 28.3 versus 5.8mgTl/g in seawater), and rate (e.g., over 95wt% of Cs was removed from seawater after 2min with SAMMS, while only 75wt% was removed with Prussian Blue). SAMMS also had higher stability (e.g., 2.5-13-fold less Fe dissolved from 2 to 24h of contact time). In addition to environmental applications, SAMMS has great potential to be used as orally administered drug for limiting the absorption of radioactive Cs and toxic Tl in gastrointestinal tract.
- Mesoporous silica
- Prussian Blue
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Environmental Engineering
- Environmental Chemistry
- Waste Management and Disposal
- Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis