Complexation Studies of Eu(III) with Alumina-Bound Polymaleic Acid: Effect of Organic Polymer Loading and Metal Ion Concentration

Abstract : To contribute to the comprehension of the metal ion sorption properties in mixed mineral-organic matter systems, interaction studies between Eu(III) and polymaleic acid (PMA)-coated alumina colloids were carried out at pH 5 in 0.1 M NaClO4. The studied parameters were the metal ion concentration (1 × 10-10 to 1 × 10-4 M) and PMA loading on alumina ( = 10-70 mg/g). The data were described by a surface complexation model. The constant capacitance model was used to account for electrostatic interactions. The results showed that two sites were necessary to explain the sorption data. At high Eu loading, Eu is surrounded by one carboxylate group and one aluminol group. The existence of this ternary surface site was in agreement with time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy measurements. At low metal ion concentra tions, a surface site corresponding to a 1:1 Eu/COO- stoichiometry was deduced from modeling. Spectroscopic data did not corroborate the existence of this latter site. This discrepancy was explained by postadsorption kinetic phenomenon: a migration of the metal ion within the adsorbed organic layer.
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Gilles Montavon, S. Markai, Yves Andres, Bernd Grambow. Complexation Studies of Eu(III) with Alumina-Bound Polymaleic Acid: Effect of Organic Polymer Loading and Metal Ion Concentration. Environmental Science & Technology, American Chemical Society, 2002, 36, pp.3303-3309. ⟨10.1021/es010312h⟩. ⟨in2p3-00025948⟩

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