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Title: Reduction of U (VI) by Fe (II) during the Fe (II) - accelerated transformation of ferrihydrite
Authors: Boland, DD
Collins, RN
Glover, CJ
Payne, TE
Waite, TD
Keywords: Catalysis
Aqueous solutions
Oxide minerals
Issue Date: 19-Aug-2014
Publisher: American Chemical Society
Citation: Boland, D. D., Collins, R. N., Glover, C. J., Payne, T. E., & Waite, T. D. (2014). Reduction of U (VI) by Fe (II) during the Fe (II) - accelerated transformation of ferrihydrite. Environmental Science and Technology, 48(16), 9086-9093. doi:10.1021/es501750z
Abstract: X-ray absorption spectroscopy has been used to study the reduction of adsorbed U(VI) during the Fe(II)-accelerated transformation of ferrihydrite to goethite. The fate of U(VI) was examined across a variety of pH values and Fe(II) concentrations, with results suggesting that, in all cases, it was reduced over the course of the Fe(III) phase transformation to a U(V) species incorporated in goethite. A positive correlation between U(VI) reduction and ferrihydrite transformation rate constants implies that U(VI) reduction was driven by the production of goethite under the conditions used in these studies. This interpretation was supported by additional experimental evidence that demonstrated the (fast) reduction of U(VI) to U(V) by Fe(II) in the presence of goethite only. Theoretical redox potential calculations clearly indicate that the reduction of U(VI) by Fe(II) in the presence of goethite is thermodynamically favorable. In contrast, reduction of U(VI) by Fe(II) in the presence of ferrihydrite is largely thermodynamically unfavorable within the range of conditions examined in this study. © 2014, American Chemical Society.
Gov't Doc #: 5788
ISSN: 0013-936X
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