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  • 1 Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University, 84215 Bratislava, Slovak Republic
  • | 2 Department of Biotechnologies, University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, 91701 Trnava, Slovak Republic
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Abstract  

Ion exchange isotherms have been measured and plotted for the uptake of cesium, barium, cobalt, zinc, silver and amonium onto clinoptilolite- and mordenite-rich tuffs of Slovakian origin selectively for both the natural and near homoionic Na form as well, using the radioanalytical determination. The higher quality clinoptilolite-rich tuff has been proven to be effective for a potential radionucleides removal in native form according to the following selectivity sequence: Ag+,Ba2,Cs+>NH4+>Co2+, while parent tuff in Na exchanged variety exhibited a little different sequence according to: Ag+ > NH4+ > Ba2+ > Cs+. The raw and Na exchanged mordenite-rich tuffs proved subsequently more or less similar selectivity : Ag+ > Zn2+ > Cs+, Ba2+ > Co2+ and Ag+ > Zn2+.