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Talanta. 2005 Jan 15;65(1):192-200. doi: 10.1016/j.talanta.2004.06.005.

Amberlite XAD-4 functionalized with succinic acid for the solid phase extractive preconcentration and separation of uranium(VI).

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  • 1Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, Regional Research Laboratory (CSIR), Industrial Estate P.O., Trivandrum 695019, India.


Amberlite XAD-4 resin has been functionalized with succinic acid by coupling it with dibromosuccinic acid after acetylation. The resulting resin has been characterized by FT-IR, elemental analysis and TGA and has been used for preconcentrative separation of uranium(VI) from host of other inorganic species prior to its determination by spectrophotometry. The optimum pH value for quantitative sorption of uranium(VI) in both batch and column modes is 4.5-8.0 and desorption can be achieved by using 5.0ml of 1.0moll(-1) HCl. The sorption capacity of functionalized resin is 12.3mgg(-1). Calibration graphs were rectilinear over the uranium(VI) concentrations in the range 5-200mugl(-1). Five replicate determinations of 50mug of uranium(VI) present in 1000ml of solution gave a mean absorbance of 0.10 with a relative standard deviation of 2.56%. The detection limit corresponding to three times the standard deviation of the blank was found to be 2mugl(-1). Various cationic and anionic species at 200-fold amounts do not interfere during the preconcentration of 5.0mug of uranium(VI) present in 1000ml (batch) or 100ml (column) of sample solution. Further, adsorption kinetic and isotherm studies were also carried out by a batch method to understand the nature of sorption of uranium(VI) with the succinic acid functionalized resin. The accuracy of the developed solid phase extractive preconcentration method in conjunction with Arsenazo III procedure was tested by analyzing marine sediment (MESS-3) and soil (IAEA soil-7) reference material. Further, the above procedure has been successfully employed for the analysis of soil and sediment samples.

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