Oct 8, 2019

An XAFS study of Cs adsorption by the precipitation bands of Mn-Fe-based Prussian blue analogues spontaneously formed in agarose gel

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics : PCCP
Hisashi HayashiHitoshi Abe

Abstract

The adsorption of Cs+ ions by the precipitation bands of a Mn-Fe based Prussian blue analogue (Mn-Fe PBA) that form spontaneously in agarose gel was investigated by X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy coupled with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray fluorescence (XRF) distribution analysis. Two gel samples were prepared by contacting a gel containing 0.05 M [Fe(CN)6]3- and 2.3 mass% agarose with a 0.50 M MnSO4 solution, into one of which a 0.10 M CsCl solution was introduced. The SEM images and the XRF intensity distributions reveal that Mn-Fe PBA forms cubic crystallites (approx. 3 × 3 × 3 μm in size) in the gels that trap Cs+ ions with considerably high affinity. Cs L3-edge and Mn K-edge X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectra, which were analyzed with the aid of FEFF simulations, strongly suggest that Cs adsorption occurs at relatively large defect sites close to the sub-cube faces in the PBA. This suggestion is supported by Cs L3-edge extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy, which suggested that the first and second coordination shells around the Cs+ ions are at a Cs-O distance of 0.35 ± 0.02 nm and a Cs-N distance of 0.43 ± 0.01 nm, respectively, with coordination numbers of 1.5...Continue Reading

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