Sorption of radionuclides on the container wall during batch migration studies

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The sorption of radionuclides on the wall of polypropylene centrifuge tubes used for the batch migration study has been investigated. The parameters varied were solution acidity, contact time, presence and physicochemical properties of geomedia. The radionuclides were 46Sc, 60Co, 75Se, 85Sr, 134Cs and 241Am, which were all gamma-ray emitters. It has been found that the sorption of radionuclides on the tube wall increased somewhat with increasing solution pH and the contact period in the control experiment, but decreased with increasing the cation exchange capacity of geologic materials in the batch experiment. Effects of sorption on tube wall in the migration study is negligible in most but not all situations and should be corrected, not by the control experiment but by the batch experiment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-278
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Pollution
  • Spectroscopy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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