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  • 1 Faculty of Arts and Science, Chemistry Department, Dokuz Eylul University, 35160 Izmir, Turkey
  • 2 Faculty of Arts and Science, Chemistry Department, Mersin University, 33343 Mersin, Turkey
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Benzoylthiourea derivatives (N,N-diphenyl-N′-(3-methylbenzoyl)thiourea and diphenyl-N′-(4-methylbenzoyl)thiourea) were impregnated onto silica gel. The preconcentration of uranium(VI) from aqueous solution was investigated. Extraction conditions were optimized in batch method prior to determination by uv–visible absorption spectrometry using arsenazo(III). The optimum pH for quantitative adsorption was found as 3–7. Quantitative recovery of uranium (VI) was achieved by stripping with 0.1 mol L−1 HCl. Equilibration time was determined as 30 min for 99% sorption of U(VI). Under optimal conditions, dynamic linear range of for U(VI) was found as 0.25–10 μg mL−1. The relative standard deviation as percentage and detection limit were 5.0% (n = 10) for 10 μg mL−1 U(VI) solution and 8.7 ng mL−1, respectively. The method was employed to the preconcentration of U(VI) ions in soil and tap water samples.