Removal of strontium from aqueous solutions and synthetic seawater using resorcinol formaldehyde polycondensate resin

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Desalination, 2017, 420 pp. 283 - 291
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© 2017 Elsevier B.V. Strontium (Sr) is a valuable metal found in abundance in seawater. However, its recovery from seawater has received little attention despite its many industrial applications. Batch and column adsorption experiments were conducted on the removal of Sr by resorcinol formaldehyde (RF) resin in the presence of co-existing cations at pH 7.5–8.5, where maximum adsorption was found. Batch adsorption capacities of cations followed the decreasing order of Sr > Ca > Mg > K, the order being the same as that of reduction of negative zeta potential. The adsorption data for Sr, Ca and Mg satisfactorily fitted to the Langmuir adsorption model with maximum adsorption capacities of 2.28, 1.25 and 1.15 meq/g, respectively. Selectivity coefficients for Sr with respect to other metals showed that Sr was selectively adsorbed on RF. Column adsorption data for Sr only solution fitted well to the Thomas model. Sr adsorption capacity in the presence of seawater concentrations of Ca, Mg, K and Na was reduced in both batch and column experiments with highest effect from Ca and Mg. However, if Ca and Mg are removed prior to RF adsorption process by precipitation, the negative effect of these ions on Sr removal can be significantly reduced.
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