Adsorption of Cesium on Bound Porous Materials Containing Embedded Phosphotungstic Acid

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The adsorption of cesium on mesoporous silica materials containing embedded phosphotungstic acid (PTA) was studied. The materials contained active adsorbent and binders: γ-Al2O3, kaolin, or charcoal. The presence of Keggin units of PTA in the bound materials was confirmed by FT-IR spectroscopy. Among all materials, the formulation with γ-Al2O3 demonstrated the highest porosity and effectiveness in adsorption. Pure PTA/SiO2 contained a significant fraction of small particles between 100 and 300 nm. However, in the alumina-bound material, they were not detected. SEM imaging showed that these particles occupied interparticle space between larger γ-Al2O3 particles. The material was stable up to 540 °C. In most materials, the adsorption of cesium decreased with increase of the binder contents but not proportionally. The adsorption capacity of all materials depended on the concentration of cesium in the solutions. Maximum adsorption was achieved after 1 h. The adsorption of cesium is controlled by intraparticle diffusion while its rate can be described by the pseudo-second-order model.