The sorption of microquantities of Tm(III) ions on washed polyurethane foam (PUF) from a mixture of aqueous solution and ethanol
containing PAN was examined. The maximum sorption of 3.18. 10-6M solution of Tm(III) ions was observed at pH 8 with 30-minute equilibration time. The optimum ratio of aqueous-ethanol phase
for the sorption of Tm(III) ions was found to be 3:1 v/v, respectively. The sorption rate of metal ions on PUF is followed a first order kinetics and obeyed the equation for an intra
particle diffusion process. The equilibrium concentration data of Tm(III) ions could be described satisfactorily by several
adsorption isotherms. The Freundlich adsorption isotherm constants 1/nand KFare 0.66±0.02 and (5.7±0.3). 10-3mol. g-1, respectively. The Langmuir isotherm constants for monolayer coverage (Q) and binding strength of sorption (b) are (2.5±0.7). 10-5mol. g-1and (1.6±0.1). 104l. mol-1, respectively. The sorption capacity derived from Dubinin-Radushkevich (D-R) isotherm is (1.7±0.2). 10-4mol. g-1and the sorption free energy (E) is 9.8±0.2 kJ. mol-1indicating chemisorption phenomena. The thermodynamic parameters indicate that the sorption of Tm(III) ions onto PUF is endothermic,
entropy driven and spontaneous in nature.