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Cesium and Strontium Retentions Governed by Aluminosilicate Gel in Alkali-Activated Cements

Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources, 124 Gwahak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 34132, Korea
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 291 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 34141, Korea
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Academic Editor: Jorge de Brito
Materials 2017, 10(4), 447;
Received: 28 March 2017 / Revised: 7 April 2017 / Accepted: 13 April 2017 / Published: 23 April 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Advanced Composites)
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The present study investigates the retention mechanisms of cesium and strontium for alkali-activated cements. Retention mechanisms such as adsorption and precipitation were examined in light of chemical interactions. Batch adsorption experiments and multi-technical characterizations by using X-ray diffraction, zeta potential measurements, and the N2 gas adsorption/desorption methods were conducted for this purpose. Strontium was found to crystalize in alkali-activated cements, while no cesium-bearing crystalline phases were detected. The adsorption kinetics of alkali-activated cements having relatively high adsorption capacities were compatible with pseudo-second-order kinetic model, thereby suggesting that it is governed by complex multistep adsorption. The results provide new insight, demonstrating that characteristics of aluminosilicate gel with a highly negatively charged surface and high micropore surface area facilitated more effective immobilization of cesium and strontium in comparison with calcium silicate hydrates. View Full-Text
Keywords: alkali-activated cements; gel; cesium; strontium; adsorption kinetics; immobilization alkali-activated cements; gel; cesium; strontium; adsorption kinetics; immobilization

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Jang, J.G.; Park, S.M.; Lee, H.K. Cesium and Strontium Retentions Governed by Aluminosilicate Gel in Alkali-Activated Cements. Materials 2017, 10, 447.

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