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Title: The role of nano-perovskite in the negligible thorium release in seawater from Greek bauxite residue (red mud)
Authors: Gamaletsos, Platon N. ×
Godelitsas, Athanasios
Kasama, Takeshi
Kuzmin, Alexei
Lagos, Markus
Mertzimekis, Theo J.
Göttlicher, Jörg
Steininger, Ralph
Xanthos, Stelios
Pontikes, Yiannis
Angelopoulos, George N.
Zarkadas, Charalampos
Komelkov, Aleksandr
Tzamos, Evangelos
Filippidis, Anestis #
Issue Date: 2016
Series Title: Scientific Reports vol:6
Article number: 10.1038/srep21737
Abstract: We present new data about the chemical and structural characteristics of bauxite residue (BR) from Greek Al industry, using a combination of microscopic, analytical, and spectroscopic techniques. SEM-EDS indicated a homogeneous dominant "Al-Fe-Ca-Ti-Si-Na-Cr matrix", appearing at the microscale. The bulk chemical analyses showed considerable levels of Th (111 μg g(-1)), along with minor U (15 μg g(-1)), which are responsible for radioactivity (355 and 133 Bq kg(-1) for (232)Th and (238)U, respectively) with a total dose rate of 295 nGy h(-1). Leaching experiments, in conjunction with SF-ICP-MS, using Mediterranean seawater from Greece, indicated significant release of V, depending on S/L ratio, and negligible release of Th at least after 12 months leaching. STEM-EDS/EELS &HR-STEM-HAADF study of the leached BR at the nanoscale revealed that the significant immobility of Th(4+) is due to its incorporation into an insoluble perovskite-type phase with major composition of Ca(0.8)Na(0.2)TiO3 and crystallites observed in nanoscale. The Th L(III)-edge EXAFS spectra demonstrated that Th(4+) ions, which are hosted in this novel nano-perovskite of BR, occupy Ca(2+) sites, rather than Ti(4+) sites. That is most likely the reason of no Th release in Mediterranean seawater.
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ISSN: 2045-2322
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Sustainable Metals Processing and Recycling
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