Methods for the removal of radiocobalt from an ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) complex of Co(II) (aqueous solution containing 10 mu M Co(II) and 10 mu M or 50 mu M EDTA traced with Co-57) are presented. The studies examined a combination of different oxidation methods and the sorption of Co-57 on a selective inorganic ion exchange material, CoTreat. The oxidation methods used were ultraviolet (UV) irradiation with and without hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), as well as ozonation alone or in combination with UV irradiation. Also, the possible contribution of Degussa P25 TiO2 photocatalyst to degradation of EDTA was studied. The best results for the equimolar solution of Co(II) and EDTA were achieved by combining ozonation, UV irradiation, Degussa P25 TiO2 and CoTreat, with approximately 94% sorption of Co-57. High values for the Co-57 sorption were also achieved by ozonation (similar to 88%) and UV irradiation (similar to 90%) in the presence of CoTreat and Degussa P25 TiO2. A surplus of EDTA over Co(II) was also tested using 10 mu M Co(II) and 50 mu M EDTA. Only a slight decrease, to similar to 88% sorption of Co-57, was detected compared to the value (similar to 90%) obtained with 10 mu M EDTA.
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Malinen, L., Koivula, R., Harjula, R., & Malinen, LE. K. (2009). Removal of radiocobalt from EDTA-complexes using oxidation and selective ion exchange. Water Science and Technology, 60(4), 1097-1101. https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.2009.458