Uranium extraction from saline solutions using weak base anionic resins

CIM Journal, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2012
M. Fainerman-Melnikova and K. Soldenhoff
Abstract The use of strong base resins for uranium recovery is severely affected by the presence of chloride ions in solution. In areas where high-quality process water is not readily available, the use of saline water would extend the potential application for ion exchange in uranium processing. This study presents measurements of uranium uptake, using a wide range of commercially available weak base anionic exchangers, from solutions with chloride concentrations ranging from 2.5 to 22 g/L Cl. Out of 14 weak base anionic resins tested, 3 were identified that were not severely impacted by the presence of chloride and significantly outperformed a gel strong base resin typically used for uranium recovery in high-chloride environments. The uranium loading was sufficiently high for the consideration of development of the application of uranium recovery from uranium ores leached with seawater.
Keywords: Uranium, Ion exchange, Weak base anionic resins, Chloride, Function group, Polyamine
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