Description: The objective of this research is to prepare, characterize, and evaluate new materials for the removal of technetium (Tc) compounds, halogenated organics, and other troublesome metals from DOE waste streams and contaminated areas. This work follows the discovery that a nanoscale form of zero-valent iron, dispersed on high surface area supports, reduces metal ions (Cr, Hg, Pb, Cd) and Re (as a surrogate for Tc) to insoluble forms much faster than does unsupported iron. The scientific goals of the project are to better understand the mechanism of the reduction process, to develop supports that are compatible with a variety of mixed waste compositions, and to develop surface modifiers for supported iron that will optimize selectivity for the contaminants of interest. The support composition is of particular interest in the case of Tc separation and stabilization in the Hanford tank wastes. While tests with tank waste simulants have shown that pertechnetate is reduced insoluble TcO2, the support material must be compatible with the vitrification process used in the final waste disposition. The surface modifications are also a focal point for Hanford applications because of the complex and variable makeup of the tank wastes.
Date: June 1, 1999
Creator: Mallouk, Thomas E. & Darab, John G.
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