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Michal Galamboš Department of Nuclear Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University in Bratislava, Mlynská Dolina, 842 15 Bratislava, Slovak Republic

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Jana Kufčáková Department of Nuclear Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University in Bratislava, Mlynská Dolina, 842 15 Bratislava, Slovak Republic

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Ol’ga Rosskopfová Department of Nuclear Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University in Bratislava, Mlynská Dolina, 842 15 Bratislava, Slovak Republic

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Pavol Rajec Department of Nuclear Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University in Bratislava, Mlynská Dolina, 842 15 Bratislava, Slovak Republic

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Abstract  

The influence of chemical activation–natrification of bentonites on adsorption of Cs and Sr was studied with regards to utilization of bentonites for depositing high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel. Bentonite samples from three Slovak deposits in three different grain-size (15, 45 and 250 μm), natural and natrified forms (Na-bentonites); under various experimental conditions, such as contact time, adsorbent and adsorbate concentration have been studied. When comparing the Na-bentonites and their natural analogues, the highest adsorbed Cs and Sr amounts were reached on the natrified samples. After the Sr adsorption a drop in the pH equilibrium value was observed together with the increase of the initial Sr concentration. A disadvantage of the natrified bentonite forms is formation of colloid particles. After 2 h of phase mixing a gentle turbidity was observed as well as formation of a gel-like form. The above findings were confirmed by observing the particle distribution in dry and wet dispersion and centrifugation at two different speeds. Natrification as a technological process of bentonite quality improvement cannot be applied when constructing a long-term repository for high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel. The main problem of natrification is a technological process which leads to a significant pH increase. Alkaline environment in combination with the K presence and increased temperature in the vicinity of radio-active waste can lead to a rapid illitization of smectite and loss of the original adsorption qualities. Moreover, sodium additions are a significant point of uncertainty since it is not possible to state what amount of Na enters the interlayer space and what amount stays in the inter-partition space.

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Journal of Radionalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Language English
Size A4
Year of
Foundation
1968
Volumes
per Year
1
Issues
per Year
12
Founder Akadémiai Kiadó
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Address
H-1117 Budapest, Hungary 1516 Budapest, PO Box 245.
Publisher Akadémiai Kiadó
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
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ISSN 0236-5731 (Print)
ISSN 1588-2780 (Online)