Sample records for mordenite

  1. Krypton retention on solid adsorbents. [Activated alumina; hydrogen mordenite, silver mordenite, sodium mordenite, cerium mordenite-H, cerium mordenite-Na, potassium mordenite-H, potassium mordenite-Na

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    Monson, P.R. Jr.


    An experimental laboratory program was conducted to develop economical solid adsorbents for the retention of krypton from a dissolver off-gas stream. The study indicates that a solid adsorbent system is feasible and competitive with other developing systems which utilize fluorocarbon absorption nd cryogenic distillation. This technology may have potential applications not only in nuclear fuel reprocessing plants, but also in nuclear reactors and in environmental monitoring. Of the 13 prospective adsorbents evaluated with respect to adsorption capacity and cost, the commercially available hydrogen mordenite was the most cost-effective material at subambient temperatures (-40/sup 0/ to -80/sup 0/C). Silver mordenite has a higher capacity for krypton retention, but is 50 times more expensive than hydrogen mordenite.

  2. Iodine removal using silver mordenite

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    Bridges, N.


    Iodine is released to the off-gas during uranium dissolution in the annular dissolvers in F-Canyon. The iodine is currently removed by reaction with silver nitrate coated Berl saddles. Iodine removal has been adequate but the average life of the iodine reactor bed has been less than expected. Failure of the iodine reactor is usually indicated by a high reactor differential pressure. Pluggage of the reactor is due primarily to entrainment of dissolver solution into the reactor and degradation of the Berl saddles. In addition to frequent replacements, it has become more difficult to obtain Berl saddles coated with silver nitrate at SRP. This TA authorizes the use of silver mordenite for iodine adsorption instead of the Berl saddles.

  3. Chemical Resistivity of Silver Mordenite and Berl Sadles

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    Holcomb, H.P.


    This report discusses results of testing to determine the chemical resistance of pellets of silver mordenite and silver mordenite, reduced form. For comparison Berl saddles were tested under similar conditions. Silver mordenite has been proposed as a replacement for the saddles that remove iodine in the off-gas treatment system from the canyon dissolvers.

  4. Methyl iodide sorption by reduced silver mordenite

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    Scheele, R.D.; Burger, L.L.; Matsuzaki, C.L.


    At the Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL), we performed two sets of experiments to determine the effects of pertinent operational parameters and gas compositions on organic radioiodine (in particular methyl iodide (CH/sub 3/I)) capture by silver mordenite (AgZ). In the first set of experiments, we studied the effects of (1) hydrogen pretreatment of AgZ, (2) change in particle size of AgZ, and (3) the presence of water in the gas phase. In the second set of experiments we evaluated on a semi-quantitative basis the effects of nitric oxide (NO), nitrogen dioxide (NO/sub 2/), superficial face velocity, and temperature on CH/sub 3/I capture by reduced (hydrogen pretreated) silver mordenite (Ag/sup 0/Z). These studies have shown that AgZ, especially Ag/sup 0/Z, is an effective trap for CH/sub 3/I. However, its effectiveness varies with changes in operational parameters and is affected by other gases found in the process off gas of a nuclear reprocessing plant. Optimum trappig efficiency was achieved with Ag/sup 0/Z rather than AgZ, 20-40 mesh Ag/sup 0/Z rather than 0.16 cm extrudate, moisture in the gas stream, higher temperatures up to 200/sup 0/C, absence of NO, and lower superficial face velocities down to 3.75 m/min. Additionally, CH/sub 3/I can be converted to elemental iodine (I/sub 2/) in the presence of NO or NO/sub 2/ by controlling the operational parameters. Since I/sub 2/ is easier to trap than organic iodides, this should improve trapping efficiency,.

  5. Structural modification of mordenite zeolite with Fe for the photo-degradation of EDTA.


    Emara, Mostafa M; Tourky, Amal S M; El-Moselhy, Medhat M


    Fe(2+) was incorporated inside mordenite through ion exchange technique in aqueous solution. The amount of Fe loading was 25-100 wt %, using FeSO(4).7H(2)O as precursor and Na-mordenite starting material Na-M. The Fe incorporated (Fe-M) thus prepared was characterized by XRD, FTIR and N(2) adsorption measurements. It was found that Fe mordenite retained the same structure as that for Na-mordenite which may indicate that Fe well dispersed into mordenite channels. BET indicated that Fe-M samples possessed higher surface area compared to the parent Na-M. Photocatalytic degradation of EDTA was carried out in presence of the prepared Fe-M catalysts. Effects of catalyst concentration and temperature were also studied. Thermodynamic parameters calculated for 50% Fe-M showed the highest catalytic activity toward EDTA degradation. PMID:19117676

  6. Organic iodine removal from simulated dissolver off-gas streams using partially exchanged silver mordenite

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    Jubin, R.T.


    The removal of methyl iodide by adsorption onto silver mordenite was studied using a simulated off-gas from the fuel dissolution step of a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant. The methyl iodide adsorption of partially exchanged silver mordenite was examined for the effects of NO/sub x/, humidity, filter temperature, and degree of silver exchange. Partially exchanged silver mordenite, in general, achieved significantly higher silver utilizations than the fully exchanged material. Silver utilizations of > 95% were achieved, assuming the formation of AgI. The experimental results indicate that CH/sub 3/I loadings increase proportionally with silver loading up to 5 wt % silver and then appear to level off. Tests conducted to determine the effect of temperature on the loading showed higher loadings at 200/sup 0/C than at either 150 or 250/sup 0/C. The presence of NO, NO/sub 2/, and H/sub 2/O vapor showed negligible effects on the loading of CH/sub 3/I. In contrast to iodine loaded onto fully exchanged silver mordenite, the iodine loaded onto the partially exchanged silver mordenite could not be stripped by either 4.5% hydrogen or 100% hydrogen at temperatures up to 500/sup 0/C. A study of the regeneration characteristics of fully exchanged silver mordenite indicates a decreased adsorbent capacity after complete removal of the iodine with 4.5% hydrogen in the regeneration gas stream at 500/sup 0/C. The loss of adsorbent capacity was much higher for silver mordenite regenerated in a stainless steel filter housing than in a glass filter housing. A cost evaluation for the use of the partially exchanged silver mordenite shows that the cost of the silver mordenite on a once-through basis is < $10/h of operation for a 0.5-t/d reprocessing plant.

  7. Recycle of iodine-loaded silver mordenite by hydrogen reduction

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    Burger, L.L.; Scheele, R.D.


    In 1977 and 1978, workers at Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL) developed and tested a process for the regeneration and reuse of silver mordenite, AgZ, used to trap iodine from the dissolver off-gas stream of a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant. We were requested by the Airborne Waste Management Program Office of the Department of Energy to perform a confirmatory recycle study using repeated loadings at about 150/sup 0/C with elemental iodine, each followed by a drying step at 300/sup 0/C, then by iodine removal using elemental hydrogen at 500/sup 0/C. The results of our study show that AgZ can be recycled. There was considerable difficulty in stripping the iodine at 500/sup 0/C.; however, this step went reasonably well at 550/sup 0/C or slightly higher, with no apparent loss in the iodine-loading capacity of the AgZ. Large releases of elemental iodine occurred during the drying stage and the early part of the stripping stage. Lead zeolite, which was employed in the original design to trap the HI produced, is ineffective in removal of I/sub 2/. The process needs modification to handle the iodine. Severe corrosion of the stainless steel components of the system resulted from the HI-I/sub 2/-H/sub 2/O mixture. Monel or other halogen-resistant materials need to be examined for this application. Because of difficulty with the stripping stage and with corrosion, the experiments were terminated after 12 cycles. Thus, the maximum lifetime (cycles) of recycle AgZ has not been determined. Mechanistic studies of iodine retention by silver zeolites and of the behavior of silver atoms on the reduction stage would be of assistance in optimizing silver mordenite recycle.

  8. Iodine Loading of NO Aged Silver Exchanged Mordenite

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    Patton, K. K.; Bruffey, S. H.; Jubin, J. T.; Walker, Jr., J. F.


    In an off-gas treatment system for used nuclear fuel processing, a solid sorbent will typically be exposed to a gas stream for months at a time. This gas stream may be at elevated temperature and could contain water vapor, gaseous nitrogen oxides (NO{sub x}), nitric acid vapors, and a variety of other constituents. For this reason, it is important to evaluate the effects of long-term exposure, or aging, on proposed sorbents. Silver exchanged mordenite (AgZ) is being studied at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to determine its iodine sorption capacity after long term exposure to increasingly more complex chemical environments. Studies previously conducted at ORNL investigated the effects of aging reduced silver exchanged mordenite (Ag{sup 0}Z) in dry air, moist air, and NO2. This study investigated the effects of extended exposure to nitric oxide (NO) gas on the iodine capture performance of Ag{sup 0}Z. A deep bed of Ag{sup 0}Z was aged in a 1% nitric oxide (NO) air stream, and portions of the bed were removed at pre-determined intervals. After being removed from the NO stream, each sample was loaded with iodine in a thin bed configuration. These samples were analyzed by neutron activation analysis (NAA) to quantify the iodine content in the sample. Samples were removed at one week and one month. A 78% decrease in sample capacity was seen after one week of exposure, with no further decrease observed after 1 month of aging. The observed loss in capacity is larger in magnitude than previous studies exposing Ag{sup 0}Z to dry air, moist air, or NO2 gas. The aging study was terminated after one month and repeated; this successfully demonstrated the reproducibility of the results.

  9. Equilibrium, kinetic and thermodynamic study of cesium adsorption onto nanocrystalline mordenite from high-salt solution.


    Lee, Keun-Young; Park, Minsung; Kim, Jimin; Oh, Maengkyo; Lee, Eil-Hee; Kim, Kwang-Wook; Chung, Dong-Yong; Moon, Jei-Kwon


    In this study, the equilibrium, kinetics and thermodynamics of cesium adsorption by nanocrystalline mordenite were investigated under cesium contamination with high-salt solution, simulating the case of an operation and decommissioning of nuclear facilities or an accident during the processes. The adsorption rate constants were determined using a pseudo second-order kinetic model. The kinetic results strongly demonstrated that the cesium adsorption rate of nano mordenite is extremely fast, even in a high-salt solution, and much faster than that of micro mordenite. In the equilibrium study, the Langmuir isotherm model fit the cesium adsorption data of nano mordenite better than the Freundlich model, which suggests that cesium adsorption onto nano mordenite is a monolayer homogeneous adsorption process. The obtained thermodynamic parameters indicated that the adsorption involved a very stable chemical reaction. In particular, the combination of rapid particle dispersion and rapid cesium adsorption of the nano mordenite in the solution resulted in a rapid and effective process for cesium removal without stirring, which may offer great advantages for low energy consumption and simple operation. PMID:26683820

  10. Characterization of Cu Mordenite deNOx Catalysts at Variable Si/Al Ratios, by NMR, TPD and Optical Spectroscopy

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    Marzke, Robert F.; Petranovskii, Vitalii P.; Bogdanchikova, Nina E.


    Cu mordenite is an effective catalyst for nitrogen oxide removal (deNOx), which is readily produced from H mordenite at various silica-to-alumina (Si/Al) ratios by ion exchange. We have characterized a set of H and Cu mordenite catalysts prepared from material originally supplied by the TOSOH Corp. (Japan), using NMR, TPD and optical Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy. The nuclei observed in NMR were Silicon-29, Aluminum-27 and protons. Resulst show strong effects of Si/Al ratio, upon both framework and extra-framework structures of the mordenites. Information about the state of the Cu ion in the catalysts will be reviewed.

  11. Aging of Iodine-Loaded Silver Mordenite in NO2

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    Bruffey, Stephanie H.; Jubin, Robert Thomas; Patton, Kaara K.; Walker Jr, Joseph Franklin


    Used nuclear fuel facilities need to control and minimize radioactive emissions. Off-gas systems are designed to remove radioactive contaminants, such as 85Kr, 14C, 3H, and 129I. In an off-gas system, any capture material will be exposed to a gas stream for months at a time. This gas stream may be at elevated temperature and could contain water, NOx gas, or a variety of other constituents comprising the dissolver off-gas stream in a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant. For this reason, it is important to evaluate the effects of long-term exposure, or aging, on proposed capture materials. One material under consideration is reduced silver mordenite (Ag0Z), which is recognized for its efficient iodine capture properties. Iodine is immobilized on Ag0Z as AgI, a solid with low volatility (m.p. ≥ 500°C). The aim of this study was to determine whether extended aging at elevated temperature in a nominally 2% NO2 environment would result in a loss of immobilized iodine from this material due to either physical or chemical changes that might occur during aging. Charges of iodine-loaded reduced silver mordenite (I2-Ag0Z) were exposed to a 2% NO2 environment for 1, 2, 3, and 4 months at 150°C, then analyzed for iodine losses The aging study was completed successfully. The material did not visibly change color or form. The results demonstrate that no significant iodine loss was observed over the course of 4 months of 2% NO2 aging of I2-Ag0Z at elevated temperature within the margin of error and the variability (~10%) in the loading along the beds. This provides assurance that iodine will remain immobilized on Ag0Z during extended online use in an off-gas capture treatment system. Future tests should expose I2-Ag0Z to progressively more complex feed gases in an effort to accurately replicate the conditions expected in a reprocessing facility.

  12. Organic iodine removal from simulated dissolver off-gas systems utilizing silver-exchanged mordenite

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    Jubin, R.T.


    The removal of methyl iodide by adsorption onto silver mordenite was studied using a simulated off-gas from the fuel dissolution step of a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant. The adsorption of methyl iodide on silver mordenite was examined for the effect of NO/sub x/, humidity, iodine concentration, filter temperature, silver loadings and filter pretreatment. The highest iodine loading achieved in these tests was 142 mg CH/sub 3/I per g of substrate on fully exchanged zeolite, approximately the same as elemental iodine loadings. A filter using fully exchanged silver mordenite operating at 200/sup 0/C obtained higher iodine loadings than a similar filter operating at 150/sup 0/C. Pretreatment of the sorbent bed with hydrogen rather than dry air, at a temperature of 200/sup 0/C, also improved the loading. Variations in the methyl iodide concentration had minimal effects on the overall loading. Filters exposed to moist air streams attained higher loadings than those in contact with dry air. Partially exchanged silver mordenite achieved higher silver utilizations than the fully exchanged material. The partially exchanged mordenite also achieved higher loadings at 200/sup 0/C than at 250/sup 0/C. The iodine loaded onto these beds was not stripped at 500/sup 0/C by either 4.5% hydrogen or 100% hydrogen; however, the iodine could be removed by air at 500/sup 0/C, and the bed could be reloaded. A study of the regeneration characteristics of fully exchanged silver mordenite indicates limited adsorbent capacity after complete removal of the iodine with 4.5% hydrogen in the regeneration gas stream at 500/sup 0/C. The loss of adsorbent capacity is much higher for silver mordenite regenerated in a stainless steel filter housing than in a glass filter housing.

  13. Paraffin isomerization and disproportionation catalyzed by Pd-loaded fluorided mordenites

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    Maness, J.A. Jr.; Dooley, K.M. )


    Fluorided, Pd-loaded ({approximately}1.1 wt% Pd) mordenites, with 8, 12, 28, and 100% replacement of {minus}OH groups, were synthesized from H-mordenite. These materials were characterized by IR, XRD, SEM, the adsorption of N{sub 2} and 2-methylpentane, and their activity for paraffin reactions. Except in the case of 100% nominal fluoridation, the fluorided mordenites retained their crystallinity, displayed enhanced acid strengths and adsorption capacities for paraffinic hydrocarbons, and were catalytically active (at 533-573 K and {approximately}0.1 bar hydrocarbon partial pressure) for the transformation of n-butane to isobutane and products of both higher and lower molecular weights. The presence of a small amount of isobutene in the feed greatly accelerated these transformations and increase yields to the pentane isomers. The primary reactions were apparently acid-catalyzed, with the role of Pd confined to activity maintenance. The mildly fluorided zeolites in some cases proved more active overall than the parent zeolites H-mordenite and Pd-mordenite and were especially selective for the formation of the pentane isomers, apparently through a combination of disproportionation reactions and secondary alkylation reactions involving light hydrocarbon primary products.

  14. Single-site trinuclear copper oxygen clusters in mordenite for selective conversion of methane to methanol

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    Grundner, Sebastian; Markovits, Monica A.C.; Li, Guanna; Tromp, Moniek; Pidko, Evgeny A.; Hensen, Emiel J.M.; Jentys, Andreas; Sanchez-Sanchez, Maricruz; Lercher, Johannes A.


    Copper-exchanged zeolites with mordenite structure mimic the nuclearity and reactivity of active sites in particulate methane monooxygenase, which are enzymes able to selectively oxidize methane to methanol. Here we show that the mordenite micropores provide a perfect confined environment for the highly selective stabilization of trinuclear copper-oxo clusters that exhibit a high reactivity towards activation of carbon–hydrogen bonds in methane and its subsequent transformation to methanol. The similarity with the enzymatic systems is also implied from the similarity of the reversible rearrangements of the trinuclear clusters occurring during the selective transformations of methane along the reaction path towards methanol, in both the enzyme system and copper-exchanged mordenite. PMID:26109507

  15. Photophysical properties of pyrene in zeolites: Adsorption and distribution of pyrene molecules on the surfaces of zeolite L and mordenite

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    Liu, Xinsheng; Thomas, J.K.


    Adsorption of pyrene on the surfaces of zeolites L and mordenite is investigated using photophysical techniques. Although the internal surfaces of both zeolites are polar, their external surfaces may not be the same. A difference is observed for mordenite. No pyrene excimers can be produced in mordenite, while excimers are readily formed in zeolite L. Due to structural constraints, 30-35% of pyrene adsorbed in mordenite cannot be quenched by O{sub 2}. Rotational movement of pyrene molecules in mordenite is also restricted by the zeolite structure. Laser photolysis produces pyrene cation and anion radicals, the former having a larger yield than the latter in both zeolites. 31 refs., 5 figs., 2 tabs.

  16. Improving the stability of H-mordenite for n-butane isomerization

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    Asuquo, R.A.; Eder-Mirth, G.; Lercher, J.A.


    The conversion of n-butane over mordenite-based catalysts in the presence of hydrogen and water was investigated for reaction temperatures between 523 and 623 K. Special attention was given to the influence of Pt upon catalytic activity, selectivity, and stability. With parent mordenite the catalytic activity for n-butane conversion decreased markedly after a short time on stream. Deactivation can be minimized by hydrogen (in the presence of Pt) and water addition. Both measures are thought to reduce the concentration of intermediate olefins in the zeolite pores. The best results with respect to selective conversion of n-butane to isobutane were obtained for 0.25 wt% Pt on mordenite in the presence of hydrogen. Higher concentrations of Pt in the catalyst are shown to be detrimental for n-butane isomerization, because of increasing selectivity to hydrogenolysis. A detailed mechanistic scheme for n-butane conversion over Pt-containing mordenites is presented. n-Butane conversion is concluded to occur via a bimolecular mechanism involving a complex network of hydrogen transfer, oligomerization/cracking, isomerization, hydrogenation/dehydrogenation, and hydrogenolysis. 23 refs., 14 figs., 5 tabs.

  17. Ketene as a Reaction Intermediate in the Carbonylation of Dimethyl Ether to Methyl Acetate over Mordenite.


    Rasmussen, Dominik B; Christensen, Jakob M; Temel, Burcin; Studt, Felix; Moses, Poul Georg; Rossmeisl, Jan; Riisager, Anders; Jensen, Anker D


    Unprecedented insight into the carbonylation of dimethyl ether over Mordenite is provided through the identification of ketene (CH2CO) as a reaction intermediate. The formation of ketene is predicted by detailed DFT calculations and verified experimentally by the observation of doubly deuterated acetic acid (CH2DCOOD), when D2O is introduced in the feed during the carbonylation reaction. PMID:25967363

  18. Optimization of lead adsorption of mordenite by response surface methodology: characterization and modification

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    Background In order to remove heavy metals, water treatment by adsorption of zeolite is gaining momentum due to low cost and good performance. In this research, the natural mordenite was used as an adsorbent to remove lead ions in an aqueous solution. Methods The effects of adsorption temperature, time and initial concentration of lead on the adsorption yield were investigated. Response surface methodology based on Box-Behnken design was applied for optimization. Adsorption data were analyzed by isotherm models. The process was investigated by batch experiments; kinetic and thermodynamic studies were carried out. Adsorption yields of natural and hexadecyltrimethylammonium-bromide-modified mordenite were compared. Results The optimum conditions of maximum adsorption (nearly 84 percent) were found as follows: adsorption time of 85-90min, adsorption temperature of 50C, and initial lead concentration of 10mg/L. At the same optimum conditions, modification of mordenite produced 97 percent adsorption yield. The most appropriate isotherm for the process was the Freundlich. Adsorption rate was found as 4.4. Thermodynamic calculations showed that the adsorption was a spontaneous and an exothermic process. Conclusions Quadratic model and reduced cubic model were developed to correlate the variables with the adsorption yield of mordenite. From the analysis of variance, the most influential factor was identified as initial lead concentration. At the optimum conditions modification increased the adsorption yield up to nearly 100 percent. Mordenite was found an applicable adsorbent for lead ions especially in dilute solutions and may also be applicable in more concentrated ones with lower yields. PMID:24393442

  19. Influence of Si/Al Ratio on Catalytic Properties and NMR Spectra of Mordenite DeNOx Catalysts

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    Marzke, Robert F.; Petranovskii, Vitalii; Bogdanchikova, Nina; Fuentes, Sergio


    Mordenites comprise a large group of zeolites that has been not been extensively characterized for deNOx capabilities, despite its many other industrial applications. We have studied catalytic activities and structural properties of both H and Cu mordenites, with particular interest in the effects of varying Si/Al ratio. It has been found that high values (> 90%) for NO reduction by CO and C_3H8 are achieved for Cu mordenites with Si/Al ratios in the range 7.5-15, at lightoff temperatures as low as 300 ^oC. We have also observed features of their Al, Si and proton NMR spectra that shed light on mordenites' catalytic microstructures, over a range of Si/Al ratios extending from 5 to 103. Single and double nuclear resonance experiments have been performed. Basic surface properties of these zeolites have been characterized. We will discuss the principal findings from our inquiries, and indicate directions for future research.

  20. Dewaxing process employing a catalyst with a highly dealuminated mordenite base

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    Dufresne, P.; Freund, E.; Marcilly, Ch.; Raatz, F.


    A new catalyst with a highly dealuminated mordenite base, useful in particular in hydrotreatment processes for improving the low temperature properties and the pour point and cloud point of oil cuts contains: (1) an acidic carrier comprising (a) at least 50% (calculated as dry base) of highly dealuminated mordenite and characterized by a molar ratio SiO/sub 2//Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/ higher than 110 and a sodium content lower than or equal to 0.5% by weight, and (b) an amorphous matrix, and (2) said acid carrier containing in association at least one oxide of a metal from group VIII and at least one oxide of a metal from group VI of the periodic classification of elements.

  1. Mordenite-titania-silica honeycombs catalyzed for DeNO sub x

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    Williams, J.L.; Lachman, I.M.; Rosenbusch, T.F. )


    The release of NO{sub x} and SO{sub x} into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels is an ongoing environmental problem. Emissions of NO{sub x} poses a health risk and is a major contributor to acid rain. Two methods of controlling NO{sub x} are by combustion modification and treatment of flue gases. In the future the use of coal combustion processes by industrial plants is expected to increase. These combustion processes make industrial plants by far the largest producers of NO{sub x} Combustion modification, basically the use of low NO{sub x} burners, lowers the combustion temperature and allows 40-60{percent} reduction of NO{sub x} Many countries including the U.S. are considering stricter standards for NO{sub x} emissions. Combustion modifications alone may not be able to meet these stricter standards. In this study mordenite-titania-silica mixtures were extruded into honeycombs, catalyzed with base metal oxides, and evaluated for SCR of NO{sub x}. With SCR under specified operating conditions, a catalyst which performs the best will be one which possesses the largest temperature use window. Hence it is an objective of this study to determine if catalyzed mordenite-titania-silica mixtures will broaden the temperature range for achieving high NO{sub x} removal efficiencies than either uncatalyzed mordenite-titania-silica or catalyzed titania substrates.

  2. Organic iodine removal from simulated dissolver off-gas streams using silver-exchanged mordenite

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    Jubin, R.T.


    The removal of methyl iodide by absorption onto silver mordenite was studied using a simulated off-gas from the fuel dissolution step of a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant. The methyl iodide absorption of silver mordenite was examined for the effects of NO/sub x/, humidity, iodine concentration, filter temperature, and filter pretreatment. The highest iodine loading achieved in these tests has been 34 mg CH/sub 3/I per g of substrate, approximately five times less than the elemental iodine loadings. Results indicate that a filter operating at a temperature of 150/sup 0/C obtained higher iodine loadings than a similar filter operating at 100/sup 0/C. Pretreatment of the sorbent bed with hydrogen, rather than dry air, at a temperature of 200/sup 0/C also improved the loading. Variations in the methyl iodide concentration had minimal effects on the overall loading. Filters exposed to moist air streams attained higher loadings than those in contact with dry air. A study of the regeneration characteristics of silver mordenite indicates limited adsorbent capacity after complete removal of the iodine with 4% hydrogen in the regeneration gas stream at 500/sup 0/C. 9 figures.

  3. Optimization of sintered AgI-Mordenite composites for {sup 129}I storage

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    Garino, T.J.; Nenoff, T.M.; Rodriguez, M.A.; Mowry, C.D.; Rademacher, D.X.


    The thermal processing of a proposed durable waste form for {sup 129}I was investigated. The waste form is a composite with a matrix of low-temperature sintering glass that encapsulates particles of AgI-mordenite. Ag-mordenite, an ion-exchanged zeolite, is being considered as a capture medium for gaseous {sup 129}I{sub 2} as part of a spent nuclear fuel reprocessing scheme under development by the US Department of Energy/Nuclear Energy (NE). The thermal processing of the waste form is necessary to increase the density of the glass matrix by viscous sintering so that the final waste form does not have any open porosity. Other processes that can also occur during the thermal treatment include desorption of chemisorbed I{sub 2}, volatilization of AgI and crystallization of the glass matrix. We have optimized the thermal processing to achieve the desired high density with higher AgI-mordenite loading levels and with minimal loss of iodine. Using these conditions, 625 C. degrees for 20 minutes, the matrix crystallizes to form a eulytite phase. Results of durability tests indicate that the matrix crystallization does not significantly decrease the durability in aqueous environments. (authors)

  4. Location of MTBE and toluene in the channel system of the zeolite mordenite: Adsorption and host-guest interactions

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    Arletti, Rossella; Martucci, Annalisa; Alberti, Alberto; Pasti, Luisa; Nassi, Marianna; Bagatin, Roberto


    This paper reports a study of the location of Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) and toluene molecules adsorbed in the pores of the organophylic zeolite mordenite from an aqueous solution. The presence of these organic molecules in the zeolite channels was revealed by structure refinement performed by the Rietveld method. About 3 molecules of MTBE and 3.6 molecules of toluene per unit cell were incorporated into the cavities of mordenite, representing 75% and 80% of the total absorption capacity of this zeolite. In both cases a water molecule was localized inside the side pocket of mordenite. The saturation capacity determined by the adsorption isotherms, obtained by batch experiments, and the weight loss given by thermogravimetric (TG) analyses were in very good agreement with these values. The interatomic distances obtained after the structural refinements suggest MTBE could be connected to the framework through a water molecule, while toluene could be bonded to framework oxygen atoms. The rapid and high adsorption of these hydrocarbons into the organophylic mordenite zeolite makes this cheap and environmental friendly material a suitable candidate for the removal of these pollutants from water. - graphical abstract: Location of MTBE (a) and toluene (b) in mordenite channels (projection along the [001] direction). Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We investigated the MTBE and toluene adsorption process into an organophilic zeolite mordenite. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The presence of MTBE and toluene in mordenite was determined by X-ray diffraction studies. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer About 3 molecules of MTBE and 3.6 molecules of toluene per unit cell were incorporated into the zeolite cavities. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer MTBE is connected to the framework through a water molecule. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Toluene is directly bonded to framework oxygen atoms.

  5. Formation of copper nanospecies of de-NOx catalysts based on Cu-mordenite: role of variable silica-alumina ratio and effects of adsorbed water

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    Petranovskii, Vitalii P.; Simakov, Andrey V.; Chavez-Rivas, Fernando; Zamorano-Ulloa, R.; Marzke, Robert; Efimov, Andrey; Pestryakov, A.; Hernandez Espinosa, M.-A.


    Cu-mordenites catalysts are among the most active available for de-NOx at moderate temperatures. Silica-alumina molar ratio of mordenite supports strongly affects conversion efficiency for NOx. Copper mordenites' rapid deactivation by water has led us to investigate the effects of adsorbed water on framework and extra-framework ions, mainly using NMR of 27Al and 1H. Adsorbed water content has been monitored and controlled in mordenite samples via TGA, as well as by vacuum calcination. Several NMR measurements have been performed to aid in the interpretation of spectra, including variable pulse-delay spin echo and 1H-27Al TRAPDOR. A number of surface characterization techniques have been applied to both H- and Cu-mordenites. Catalytic experiments showed that the reduction of NOx to N2 and O2 by hydrocarbons reach 95-98 % depending on the catalyst composition.

  6. Facilely synthesized H-mordenite nanosheet assembly for carbonylation of dimethyl ether.


    Liu, Yahua; Zhao, Na; Xian, Hui; Cheng, Qingpeng; Tan, Yisheng; Tsubaki, Noritatsu; Li, Xingang


    Hard coke blockage of micropores of acidic zeolites generally causes serious catalytic deactivation for many chemical processes. Herein, we report a facile method to synthesize H-mordenite nanosheet assemblies without using any template agent. The assemblies exhibit the high catalytic activity for carbonylation of dimethyl ether because of their large quantity of framework Brnsted acids. The specific morphology of the nanosheet unites improves mass diffusion for both reactants and products. Consequently, the coke precursor species can readily migrate from the micropores to the external surface of the assemblies, inducing the improved catalytic stability through inhibiting hard coke formation in frameworks. PMID:25879136

  7. Alkylations of benzene, alkylbenzenes, and halobenzenes catalyzed by protonated mordenite pretreated with chlorofluorocarbons

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    Kodama, Hiroto; Okazaki, Susumu )


    The chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) treatment of protonated mordenite (HM) was carried out in a flow reactor under ordinary pressure, usually at 600C for 10 min using CCIF{sub 3} as a treatment agent. The mordenite structure was almost completely retained during the CFC treatment. Evidence for dealumination and surface fluorination was observed by XPS examination. Decrease of surface acidity, as seen by NH{sub 3-}TPD, accompanied the treatment. The function of HM as a catalyst for alkylations of benzene and alkylated or halobenzenes with methanol was greatly enhanced by the CFC treatment. In particular, the activity maintenance was remarkably improved. Thus, in the alkylations at 300C under the molar ratios of CH{sub 3}OH/Aromatic compound = 1 and W/F = 81.2 (for toluene) or 97.5 (for 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene (TBM)) g h/mol, the conversions at the initial stage of the run were increased from 27 to 65% (for toluene) and from 12 to 47% (for TMB) by CFC treatment of the Hm catalyst. In addition, the conversions of benzene and TMB were well maintained at about 60 and 40%, respectively, throughout the running time of 3 h in the reactions catalyzed by the treated HM, while the conversions of benzene and TMB rapidly decreased and became almost zero within 90 min in the reaction catalyzed by untreated HM.

  8. Mordenite and montmorillonite alteration of glass structures in a rhyolite pipe, northern Black Hills, South Dakota

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    Kirchner, J.G. )


    Green structures, 0.5 to 1.5 in. across, occur in a Tertiary rhyolite pipe in the northern Black Hills, South Dakota. The structures are of two types: angular to ellipsoidal masses and stretched or smeared structures. Thin section analysis revealed that those of the first type are massive, with no internal structure, and those of the second type are cellular and have classic flame structure characteristics. XRD indicated the composition to be a mixture of secondary mordenite (a zeolite) and montmorillonite. The first type is interpreted to be deuterically altered vitrophyre clasts and the second type to be altered vesicular structures produced by degassing of the magma in the pipe. Chemical analysis of the alteration material indicates a loss of alkalies and silica, with an increase in water, CaO, MgO and ferric iron when compared to the composition of fresh vitrophyre from the same pipe. The changes are in agreement with experimental work on the alteration of rhyolitic glass by a number of researchers. This is the first occurrence of mordenite reported for the Black Hills.

  9. A study involving mordenite, titanate nanotubes, perfluoroalkoxy polymers, and ammonia borane

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    Nosheen, Shaneela

    Zeolites and molecular sieves are finding applications in many areas of catalysis due to appreciable acid activity, shape selectivity, and ion-exchange capacity, as they possess an unbalanced framework charge. For catalytic applications, zeolites become more valuable as the ratio of SiO2/Al2O 3 increases. Acid resistance and thermal stability of zeolite are both improved with increasing SiO2/Al2O3. This part of the thesis deals with the control of morphology focused on decreasing the crystal diameter of mordenite zeolite and to increase the SiO2/Al 2O3 ratio by changing synthesis conditions. A high SiO 2/Al2O3 ratio (SAR15) of mordenite was prepared in a very short reaction time. We studied the role of hydroxide in the crystallization of the mordenite as a structure director, nucleation time modifier, and crystallite aggregate enhancer. The formation of nano-aggregates of mordenites was greatly enhanced using a combination of alcohol additives and conventional heating. Mordenite nucleation was also increased without using alcohols when microwave heating was employed, but the alcohols further accelerated the nucleation process. The different heating techniques affected the morphology; microwave heating produced crystallites of 40 nm, while the conventional hydrothermal method formed larger size crystallites of 88 nm. We controlled the size and shape of the mordenite crystals because they have important implications in hydrocarbon conversion and separation processes. Mordenite synthesized showed jellyfish, acicular, flower, and wheat grain like structures. In the second part of this thesis, a phase transition was successfully achieved from TiO2 particles to titanate nanotubes by the breakage of Ti-O bonds and the creation of oxygen vacancies without using expensive precursors, high temperatures, high chemical concentrations of alkaline solutions, and long synthesis times. A combination of anatase nano-particles/titanate nano-tubes was synthesized using TiO2 (anatase) and a temperature of only 100C. When TiO2 (P-25) was used with the same concentration of alkaline solution (1 molar NaOH), the same processing time of 12 hours, and a higher temperature at 110C, only titanate nano-tubes were observed. The linkages of 'Ti-O' play a very important role in the structural features of different phases. Two crystalline phases (tetragonal and monoclinic) were synthesized as products in the case of TiO 2 (anatase) and one crystalline phase (monoclinic) for products of TiO 2 (P-25). The third part of the thesis concerns surface modification of hydrophobic fluoropolymers that have low surface energies and are very difficult to metallize. Surface modification was done to enhance surface roughness and hence to boost surface energy for metallization processes. We used low impact, environmentally friendly non-thermal plasmas at atmospheric pressure to strip off F - ions and replace them with reactive unsaturated hydrocarbon functionalities such as CH=CH2 on the surface of a polymer. As these hydrocarbon functionalities are reactive with metals, they form composites that have good adhesion between layers of polymer. Due to surface modification, polymeric chains were broken by the loss of fluorine atoms (F/C = 0.33) and the gain of oxygen atoms (O/C = 0.17) using methane/argon plasmas. Methane/hydrogen/argon plasmas on the other hand produced extensive loss of fluorine atoms (F/C = 0.07-0.33) and gain of oxygen atoms (O/C = 0.08-0.16) that was far better than pristine PFA. The surface of PFA was modified by defluorination and oxidation. Further enhancement of COF and COO groups revealed that the surface was modified to a hydrophilic membrane that can further be easily hydrolyzed to COOH in the presence of atmospheric humidity. The last part of the thesis deals with ammonia borane which was studied as a potential source of hydrogen for fuel cells. We analyzed the viability of ammonia borane as a hydrogen carrier compound for fuel cell applications using a thermolysis method. Ammonia borane is an attractive source for hydrogen productio

  10. Pressure-induced penetration of guest molecules in high-silica zeolites: the case of mordenite.


    Arletti, R; Leardini, L; Vezzalini, G; Quartieri, S; Gigli, L; Santoro, M; Haines, J; Rouquette, J; Konczewicz, L


    A synthetic high-silica mordenite (HS-MOR) has been compressed in both non-penetrating (silicone oil, s.o.) and penetrating [methanol?:?ethanol?:?water (16?:?3?:?1) (m.e.w.), water?:?ethanol (3?:?1) (w.e.), and ethylene glycol (] pressure transmitting media (PTM). In situ high-pressure (HP) synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) experiments allowed the unit cell parameters to be followed up to 1.6, 1.8, 8.4, and 6.7 GPa in s.o., w.e., m.e.w., and, respectively. Moreover, was also used as a PTM in in situ HP Raman and ex situ IR experiments. The structural refinement of HS-MOR compressed in at 0.1 GPa - the lowest investigated pressure - revealed the presence of 3.5 ethylene glycol molecules per unit cell. The infrared spectrum of the recovered sample, after compression to 1 GPa, is consistent with the insertion of ethylene glycol molecules in the pores. XRPD and Raman spectroscopy experiments performed under pressure indicated the insertion of a small number of guest molecules. Ethylene glycol is partially retained inside mordenite upon pressure release. A symmetry lowering was observed in s.o. above 0.8 GPa, while above 1.6 GPa the patterns indicated a rapid loss of long range order. From ambient pressure (Pamb) to 1.6 GPa, a high cell volume contraction (?V = -9.5%) was determined. The patterns collected with penetrating PTM suggested the penetration of guest molecules into the porous host matrix, starting from a very low P regime. The entrapment of PTM molecules inside micropores contributes to the stiffening of the structure and, as a consequence, to the decrease of the compressibility with respect to that measured in s.o. From the structural point of view, HS-MOR reacts to compression and to the penetration of different guest species with appropriate framework deformations. Interestingly, ethylene glycol is partially retained inside mordenite upon pressure release, which is of importance for potential application of this composite material. PMID:26325490

  11. K/AR dating of clinoptilolite, mordenite, and associated clays from Yucca Mountains, Nevada

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    WoldeGabriel, G.


    Zeolites are abundant in the geologic record in both continental and marine environments. The purpose of the present study is to evaluate the utility of K-bearing zeolites for dating by the K/Ar method to determine the time of zeolite diagenesis at Yucca Mountain, Nevada (Fig. 1). At Yucca Mountain, K-rich clinoptilolite and possibly mordenite are the only potentially K/Ar dateable secondary minerals present in the zeolite-rich tuffs except for some illite/smectites ({ge}10% illite layers) associated with these minerals. Direct dating of K-rich clinoptilolite, the most abundant zeolite in the altered tuffs, is important to delineate zeolite chronology as part of the site characterization of Yucca Mountain.

  12. Alkylation of o-cresol by methanol on Ni-H-mordenite

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    Akhmedov, V.M.; Agaev, A.A.; Mamedov, S.E.; Mamedov, F.A.


    Experiments on alkylation were carried out in a laboratory reactor with a stationary layer of catalyst at a temperature of 320-400/sup 0/. The analysis of the liquid and gaseous products was carried out by the GLC method on a LKhM-72 chromatograph; dimethyl phthalate was the liquid phase. Results of the alkylation of o-cresol by methanol was shown at different temperatures and per volume feed rates of the liquid raw material. Reaction parameters were influenced by the molar ratio of the raw material components. Results indicated a parallel-consecutive mechanism of the alkylation of o-cresol by methanol on this contact. It was shown that high activity of Ni-H-mordenite is present in the heterogeneous alkylation of o-cresol by methanol, by which 2,6- and 2,4-xylenols can be obtained in high yields.

  13. Radioactive iodine capture in silver-containing mordenites through nanoscale silver iodide formation.

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    Chapman, K. W.; Chupas, P. J.; Nenoff, T. M.; X-Ray Science Division; SNL


    The effective capture and storage of radiological iodine ({sup 129}I) remains a strong concern for safe nuclear waste storage and safe nuclear energy. Silver-containing mordenite (MOR) is a longstanding benchmark for iodine capture; however, the molecular level understanding of this process needed to develop more effective iodine getters has remained elusive. Here we probe the structure and distribution of iodine sorbed by silver-containing MOR using differential pair distribution function analysis. While iodine is distributed between {gamma}-AgI nanoparticles on the zeolite surface and subnanometer {alpha}-AgI clusters within the pores for reduced silver MOR, in the case of unreduced silver-exchanged MOR, iodine is exclusively confined to the pores as subnanometer {alpha}-AgI. Consequently, unreduced silver-containing zeolites may offer a more secure route for radioactive iodine capture, with the potential to more effectively trap the iodine for long-term storage.

  14. Optical properties of ZnO nanoparticles on the porous structure of mordenites and ZSM-5.


    Susarrey-Arce, A; Petranovskii, V; Hernndez-Espinosa, M A; Portillo, R; de la Cruz, W


    ZnO nanoparticles ranging from 2 to 10 nm were grown on ZSM-5 and mordenite zeolite hosts with different SiO2/Al2O3 molar ratios (MR). Formation of ZnO nanoparticles in the samples was confirmed by TEM. XRD and nitrogen adsorption measurements revealed that the zeolite structure is not destroyed. Surface Zn concentration was calculated from XPS data. ZnO nanoparticles in the zeolite matrix were studied by UV-Vis, diffuse reflectance and cathodoluminescence (CL) spectroscopies. CL revealed three different emissions from ZnO nanoparticles, approximately 3.1, 2.8 and 2.5 eV. The ZnO band-edge emission was associated with blue defects-related and oxygen vacancies emissions. The generation of the point defects at the interface explains the presence of this blue band. PMID:21770221

  15. Correlation of adsorption isotherms of hydrogen isotopes on mordenite adsorbents using reactive vacancy solution theory

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    Munakata, K.; Nakamura, A.; Kawamura, Y.


    The authors have applied the isotherm equations derived from the reactive vacancy solution theory (RVST) to correlation of experimental and highly non-ideal adsorption isotherms of hydrogen and deuterium on a mordenite adsorbent, and have examined the ability of the isotherm equations to match this correlation. Several isotherm equations such as Langmuir, Freundlich, Toth, Vacancy Solution Theory and so forth were also tested, but they did not work. For the Langmuir-Freundlich equation tests have indicated that its 'ability to correlate' of the adsorption isotherms is not satisfactory. For the multi-site Langmuir-Freundlich (MSLF) equation the correlation of the isotherms appears to be somewhat improved but remains unsatisfactory. The results show that the isotherm equations derived from RVST can better correlate the experimental isotherms.


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    Mitchell Greenhalgh; Troy G. Garn; Jack D. Law


    A novel new sorbent for the separation of krypton from off-gas streams resulting from the reprocessing of used nuclear fuel has been developed and evaluated. A hydrogen mordenite powder was successfully incorporated into a macroporous polymer binder and formed into spherical beads. The engineered form sorbent retained the characteristic surface area and microporosity indicative of mordenite powder. The sorbent was evaluated for krypton adsorption capacities utilizing thermal swing operations achieving capacities of 100 mmol of krypton per kilogram of sorbent at a temperature of 191 K. A krypton adsorption isotherm was also obtained at 191 K with varying krypton feed gas concentrations. Adsorption/desorption cycling effects were also evaluated with results indicating that the sorbent experienced no decrease in krypton capacity throughout testing.

  17. Use of natural mordenite to remove chromium (III) and to neutralize pH of alkaline waste waters.


    Córdova-Rodríguez, Valduvina; Rodríguez-Iznaga, Inocente; Acosta-Chávez, Raquel María; Chávez-Rivas, Fernando; Petranovskii, Vitalii; Pestryakov, Alexey


    The natural mordenite from Palmarito de Cauto deposit (PZ), Cuba, was studied in this work as an ion exchanger to remove Cr(3+) cations from alkaline aqueous solutions at different pH and chromium concentrations. The mordenite stability under cyclic treatment processes with alkaline solutions and its capacity to decrease the pH of the solutions was also analyzed. It was shown that PZ removes Cr(3+) ions from alkaline solutions, and it happens independently of the starting chromium concentration and the pH of the exchange solution used. This material has an important neutralizing effect on alkaline solutions, expressed in a significant pH decrease from the early stages of the treatments. For solutions with initial pH equal to 11, it decreases to a value of around seven. The stability of this material is not affected significantly after continuous cyclic treatment with NaOH solution, which shows that mordenite, in particular from Palmarito de Cauto deposit, has high stability in alkaline solutions. The results are important as they suggest that natural zeolites may be of interest in treatments of alkaline industrial waste effluents. PMID:26818904

  18. In vitro and in vivo tests for determination of the pathogenicity of quartz, diatomaceous earth, mordenite and clinoptilolite.


    Adamis, Z; Ttrai, E; Honma, K; Six, E; Ungvry, G


    The effects of samples of crystalline quartz, diatomaceous earth, mordenite and clinoptilolite were investigated in vitro (as concerns erythrocyte haemolysis and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) release from peritoneal macrophages) and in vivo (on LDH, protein and phospholipids in rat bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), and phospholipids in rat lung tissue). The respirable mineral samples were instilled intratracheally. Determinations in the BAL were carried out after 15, 60 and 180 days, and in the lung tissue after 90, 180 and 360 days. Quartz DQ and quartz FQ induced acute, subacute and chronic inflammation and progressive fibrosis. However, due to the Al2O3 contamination on the surface of the particles quartz FQ caused a delayed response in vivo. Diatomaceous earth produced acute/subacute inflammation that gradually became more moderate after 60 days. Clinoptilolite was inert, whereas the other zeolite sample, mordenite, was cytotoxic in vivo. The reason for this was presumably the needle and rod-shaped particles in the mordenite samples. The investigation revealed that different in vitro and in vivo methods canprovide valuable data concerning the pulmonary toxicity of minerals. PMID:10689760

  19. Stability of silver clusters in mordenites with different SiO 2/Al 2O 3 molar ratio

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    Bogdanchikova, Nina E.; Petranovskii, Vitalii P.; Machorro M, Roberto; Sugi, Yoshihiro; Soto G, Victor M.; Fuentes M, Sergio


    The stability and decay of silver clusters characterized by absorption bands 320 and 285 nm incorporated in mordenites with different SiO 2/Al 2O 3 molar ratios were studied under ambient conditions. Significantly different rates of disappearance of these two bands were the basis for assigning them to different silver species. Oxidation converts the clusters peaking at 320 and 285 nm into other silver clusters characterized by absorption bands at 310 and 240 nm, respectively. The oxidation of silver clusters peaking at 285 nm is significantly faster than that at 320 nm. The stability of both original clusters decreases with acid site strength that, in its turn, depends on Si0 2/Al 2O 3 molar ratio. The minimum lifetime of clusters peaking at 320 and 285 nm equal to ca. 40 and 20 days, respectively, was observed for mordenite characterized by the strongest acid sites. For mordenites possessing weaker acid sites, the lifetime of these clusters is found to be more than 50 months. The oxidation of silver clusters is reversible, and re-reduced silver clusters were revealed to possess the same electron structure as original ones.

  20. The effect of propylene pressure on shape-selective isopropylation of biphenyl over H-mordenite

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    Sugi, Y.; Matsuzaki, T.; Hanaoka, T.


    The effect of propylene pressure on the isopropylation of biphenyl was investigated over a highly dealuminated H-mordenite HM(220) (SiO{sub 2}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}=220). The selectivity of 4,4{prime}-diisopropylbiphenyl (4,4{prime}-DIPB) was achieved up to 90% under such a high pressure as 8 kg/cm{sup 2}, whereas the selectivity of 4,4{prime}-DIPB decreased with the increase of that of 3,4{prime}-DIPB under such a low pressure as 0.8 kg/cm{sup 2}. However, no effect reached maximum at 50-60% conversion, whereas that of 3-IPBP increased monotonously. The change of the selectivity of DIPB isomers is ascribed to the isomerization of 4,4{prime}-DIPB, but not to the change of shape-selectivity because the total yield of DIPB isomers was not affected by the pressure. The extensive isomerization and the isopropylation of 4,4{prime}-DIPB did not occur significantly under pressure higher than 3 that the high selectivity under high pressures is due to the prevention of the adsorption of biphenyl on acid sites because of the preferential adsorption of propylene on acid sites, and that the isomerization of 4,4{prime}-DIPB under low pressures occurred on external acid sites that no propylene was adsorbed.

  1. Expanded Analysis of Hot Isostatic Pressed Iodine-Loaded Silver-Exchanged Mordenite

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    Jubin, R. T.; Bruffey, S. H.; Patton, K. K.


    Reduced silver-exchanged mordenite (Ag0Z) is being evaluated as a potential material to control the release of radioactive iodine that is released during the reprocessing of used nuclear fuel into the plant off-gas streams. The purpose of this study was to determine if hot pressing could directly convert this iodine loaded sorbent into a waste form suitable for long-term disposition. The minimal pretreatment required for production of pressed pellets makes hot pressing a technically and economically desirable process. Initial scoping studies utilized hot uniaxial pressing (HUPing) to prepare samples of non-iodine-loaded reduced silver exchanged mordenite (Ag0Z). The resulting samples were very fragile due to the low pressure (~ 28 MPa) used. It was recommended that hot isostatic pressing (HIPing), performed at higher temperatures and pressures, be investigated. HIPing was carried out in two phases, with a third and final phase currently underway. Phase I evaluated the effects of pressure and temperature conditions on the manufacture of a pressed sample. The base material was an engineered form of silver zeolite. Six samples of Ag0Z and two samples of I-Ag0Z were pressed. It was found that HIPing produced a pressed pellet of high density. Analysis of each pressed pellet by scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive spectrophotometry (SEM-EDS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) demonstrated that under the conditions used for pressing, the majority of the material transforms into an amorphous structure. The only crystalline phase observed in the pressed Ag0Z material was SiO2. For the samples loaded with iodine (I-Ag0Z) iodine was present as AgI clusters at low temperatures, and transformed into AgIO4 at high temperatures. Surface mapping and EDS demonstrate segregation between silver iodide phases and silicon dioxide phases. Based on the results of the Phase I study, an expanded test matrix was developed to examine the effects of multiple source materials, compositional variations, and an expanded temperature range. Each sample was analyzed with the approach used in Phase I. In all cases, there is nothing in the SEM or XRD analyses that indicates creation of any AgI-containing silicon phase, with the samples being found to be largely amorphous. Phase III of this study has been initiated and is the final phase of scoping tests. It will expand upon the test matrix completed in Phase II and will examine the durability of the pressed pellets through product consistency testing (PCT) studies. Transformation of the component material into a well-characterized iodine-containing mineral phase would be desirable. This would limit the additional experimental testing and modeling required to determine the long-term stability of the pressed pellet, as much of that information has already been learned for several common iodine-containing minerals. However, this is not an absolute requirement, especially if pellets produced by hot isostatic pressing can be demonstrated through initial PCT studies to retain iodine well despite their amorphous composition.

  2. Diffusional analysis of the adsorption of methyl iodide on silver exchanged mordenite

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    Jubin, R.T.; Counce, R.M.


    The removal of organic iodides from off-gas streams is an important step in controlling the release of radioactive iodine to the environment during the treatment of radioactive wastes or the processing of some irradiated materials. Nine-well accepted mass transfer models were evaluated for their ability to adequately explain the observed CH{sub 3}I uptake behavior onto the Ag{degrees}Z. Linear and multidimensional regression techniques were used to estimate the diffusion constants and other model parameters, which then permitted the selection of an appropriate mass transfer model. Although a number of studies have been conducted to evaluate the loading of both elemental and methyl iodide on silver-exchanged mordenite, these studies focused primarily on the macro scale (deep bed) while evaluating the material under a broad range of process conditions and contaminants for total bed loading at the time of breakthrough. A few studies evaluated equilibrium or maximum loading. Thus, to date, only bulk loading data exist for the adsorption of CH{sub 3}I onto Ag{degrees}Z. Hence this is believed to be the first study to quantify the controlling mass transfer mechanisms of this process, It can be concluded from the analysis of the experimental data obtained by the {open_quotes}single-pellet{close_quotes} type experiments and for the process conditions used in this study that the overall mass transfer rate associated with the adsorption of CH{sub 3}I onto Ag{degrees}Z is affected by both micropore and macropore diffusion. The macropore diffusion rate was significantly faster than the micropore diffusion, resulting in a two-step adsorption behavior which was adequately modeled by a bimodal pore distribution model. The micropore diffusivity was determined to be on the order of 2 x 10{sup -14} cm{sup 2}/s. The system was also shown to be isothermal under all conditions of this study. 21 refs., 6 figs., 8 tabs.

  3. The mass transfer dynamics of gaseous methyl-iodide adsorption by silver-exchanged sodium mordenite

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    Jubin, R.T.


    The adsorption of methyl iodide onto hydrogen-reduced silver-exchange mordenite was studied. The removal of organic iodides from off-gas streams is an important step in controlling the release of radioactive iodine to the environment during the treatment of radioactive wastes or the processing of some irradiated materials. Nine well accepted mass transfer models were evaluated for their ability to adequately explain the observed CH{sub 3}I uptake behavior onto the Ag-Z. Linear and multidimensional regression techniques were utilized in the estimation of the diffusion constants and other model parameters which then permitted the selection of an appropriate mass transfer model. To date, only bulk loading data exist for the adsorption of CH{sub 3}I onto Ag-Z. Hence this is believed to be the first study to quantify the controlling mass transfer mechanisms of this process. It can be concluded from the analysis of the experimental data obtained by the single-pellet type experiments and for the process conditions used in this study that the overall mass transfer rate associated with the adsorption of CH{sub 3}I onto Ag-Z is affected by both micropore and macropore diffusion. The macropore diffusion rate was significantly faster than the micropore diffusion, resulting in a two-step adsorption behavior which was adequately modeled by a bimodal pore distribution model. The micropore diffusivity was determined to be on the order of 2 {times} 10{sup {minus}14} cm{sup 2}/s. The system was also shown to be isothermal under all conditions of this study. Two other conclusions were also obtained. First, the gas film resistance to mass transfer for the 1/16 and 1/8-in.-diam Ag-Z pellets can be ignored under the conditions used in this study. Finally, it was shown that by decreasing the water vapor content of the feed gas, the chemical reaction rate appeared to become the initial rate-limiting factor for the mass transfer. 75 refs.

  4. Hydrothermal convection and mordenite precipitation in the cooling Bishop Tuff, California, USA

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Randolph-Flagg, N. G.; Breen, S. J.; Hernandez, A.; Self, S.; Manga, M.


    We present field observations of erosional columns in the Bishop Tuff and then use laboratory results and numerical models to argue that these columns are evidence of relict convection in a cooling ignimbrite. Many square kilometers of the Bishop Tuff have evenly-spaced, vertical to semi-vertical erosional columns, a result of hydrothermal alteration. These altered regions are more competent than the surrounding tuff, are 0.1-0.7 m in diameter, are separated by ~ 1 m, and in some cases are more than 8 m in height. JE Bailey (U. of Hawaii, dissertation, 2005) suggested that similar columns in the Bandelier Tuff were formed when slumping allowed water to pool at the surface of the still-cooling ignimbrite. As water percolated downward it boiled generating evenly spaced convection cells similar to heat pipes. We quantify this conceptual model and apply it the Bishop Tuff to understand the physics within ignimbrite-borne hydrothermal systems. We use thin sections to measure changing porosity and use scanning electron microscope (SEM) and x-ray diffraction (XRD) analyses to show that pore spaces in the columns are cemented by the mineral mordenite, a low temperature zeolite that precipitates between 120-200 oC (Bish et al., 1982), also found in the Bandelier Tuff example. We then use scaling to show 1) that water percolating into the cooling Bishop Tuff would convect and 2) that the geometry and spacing of the columns is predicted by the ignimbrite temperature and permeability. We use the computer program HYDROTHERM (Hayba and Ingebritsen, 1994; Kipp et al., 2008) to model 2-phase convection in the Bishop Tuff. By systematically changing permeability, initial temperature, and topography we can identify the pattern of flows that develop when the ignimbrite is cooled by water from above. Hydrothermally altered columns in ignimbrite are the natural product of coupled heat, mass, and chemical transport and have similarities to other geothermal systems, economic ore deposits, and mid-ocean ridge hydrothermal systems. The columns allow direct observation to constrain complex models of multiphase convection, reactive transport, and permeability. Our results also have paleoclimate implications, implying a large and stable source of water in the SE/SSE Long Valley area immediately after the ~760,000 ka caldera-forming eruption.

  5. Impact of Pretreatment and Aging on the Iodine Capture Performance of Silver-Exchanged Mordenite - 12314

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    Jubin, R.T.; Ramey, D.W.; Spencer, B.B.; Anderson, K.K.; Robinson, S.M.


    Volatile gas emissions from a nuclear fuel recycle facility in the United States are governed by several key regulations, including 10 CFR 20, 40 CFR 61, and 40 CFR 190. Under 40 CFR 190, the total quantity of iodine that may be released to the environment from the entire fuel cycle is limited to 5 millicuries of I-129 per gigawatt-year of electrical energy produced by the fuel cycle. With a reasonable engineering margin, an iodine decontamination factor (DF) of approximately 1000 will be required for the complete fuel cycle. Off-gas treatment in a fuel reprocessing plant must address several gas streams containing iodine, among a number of volatile radionuclides. Past research and developmental activities identified silver-exchanged mordenite (AgZ) as a very promising sorbent based on its acid resistance, relatively high iodine and methyl iodide capacity, and high achievable DF. Recent studies at ORNL have focused on the impacts of long-term exposure to simulated off-gas streams (aging) and pretreatment on the iodine adsorption performance of hydrogen-reduced silver-exchanged mordenite (Ag{sup 0}Z). Experiments were conducted to determine the effects of long-term exposure to both dry and moist air on the iodine sorption capacity of Ag{sup 0}Z. The data indicates that aging reduces the capacity of Ag{sup 0}Z, which must be accounted for to prevent degradation of DF. Because of its high acid resistance, a AgZ sorbent has been selected specifically for application in treating off-gas streams containing iodine. While extensive tests have been conducted in the United States on a form of this sorbent, the specific material previously tested is no longer commercially available and similar materials are currently being evaluated. As part of this evaluation, tests were conducted to determine the iodine sorption properties of this replacement media and the effects of long-term (up to 6 months) exposure to simulated off-gas streams. The ultimate goal is to develop an understanding of the fundamental phenomena that controls aging for this material and other zeolites that could be considered for use in off-gas treatment in the future. The trends in the study results indicate that the amount of elemental silver observed by XRD increases from 0.3 wt% in vendor-supplied AgZ to approximately 5 wt% by reducing the material with hydrogen. The study also concluded that aging decreases the quantity of elemental silver in the material. After 2 months of aging, the Ag{sup 0} content of an experimental sample was reduced from 5 wt% to about 1.3 wt%. The form into which the elemental silver is converted during aging was not determined. Experimental tests have been initiated to study how aging of Ag{sup 0}Z impacts iodine loading on the zeolite. Loading tests with un-aged Ag{sup 0}Z resulted in an 81% silver utilization. The loading capacity of iodine on Ag{sup 0}Z was reduced with aging in dry air. Material aged for 6 months in dry air had a 40% reduction in iodine loading capacity. Under moist-air aging conditions, a significant decrease in the rate and total loading (∼45% of theoretical) of iodine uptake can be observed beginning with the shortest aging period (i.e., after 1 month) when compared with the loading curve using Ag{sup 0}Z with no aging. Increasing exposure time to the humid air used to age the Ag{sup 0}Z beyond 1 month resulted in a slight additional reduction in capacity to about 35% of theoretical at 2 months. Virtually identical capacity was observed with 4 months of aging. Compared to the non-aged material, the 1 month dry-air aged Ag{sup 0}Z shows about a 35% reduction (approximate) in iodine loading capacity and the 6 month dry-air aged Ag{sup 0}Z shows about a 50% reduction. These studies generated several questions that will be addressed in future tests. They include the following: Is there indeed degradation over time (in storage) in the iodine adsorption performance of Ag{sup 0}Z? Once reduced, how should the Ag{sup 0}Z be stored- under a hydrogen atmosphere, an inert atmosphere, a desiccant, or some other method or combination of methods? Does Ag{sup 0}Z have a 'shelf life' that must be considered after receipt from a vendor and before use in a plant? Also, how should a column of Ag{sup 0}Z be stored offline in a processing plant (parallel column) arrangement? Future tests will also include increasingly challenging aging environments such as acid vapor conditions. (authors)

  6. Enzyme-like specificity in zeolites: a unique site position in mordenite for selective carbonylation of methanol and dimethyl ether with CO.


    Boronat, Mercedes; Martnez-Snchez, Cristina; Law, David; Corma, Avelino


    The mechanism of methanol carbonylation at different positions of zeolite MOR is investigated by quantum-chemical methods in order to discover which are the active sites that can selectively catalyze the desired reaction. It is shown that when methanol carbonylation competes with hydrocarbon formation, the first reaction occurs preferentially within 8MR channels. However, the unique selectivity for the carbonylation of methanol and dimethyl ether in mordenite is not only due to the size of the 8MR channel: neither process occurs equally at the two T3-O31 and T3-O33 positions. We show that only the T3-O33 positions are selective and that this selectivity is due to the unusual orientation of the methoxy group in relation to the 8MR channel (parallel to the cylinder axis). Only in this situation does the transition state for the attack of CO fit perfectly in the 8MR channel, while the reaction with methanol or DME is sterically impeded. This result explains why T3-O31, while also located in the 8MR channel of mordenite, is not as selective as the T3-O33 position and why ferrierite, although it contains 8MR channels, is less selective than mordenite. The competing effect of water is explained at the molecular level, and the molecular microkinetic reaction model has been established. PMID:18986144

  7. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic study of the adsorption of CO and nitriles on Na-mordenite: evidence of a new interaction.


    Salla, Isabel; Montanari, Tania; Salagre, Pilar; Cesteros, Yolanda; Busca, Guido


    The low temperature adsorption of CO and the room temperature adsorption of acetonitrile, propionitrile, isobutyronitrile, pivalonitrile, benzonitrile, and o-toluonitrile on Na-mordenite (NaMOR) have been investigated by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy. The results have been compared with analogous experiments performed on H-mordenite, Na-X zeolite, and Na-silica-alumina. The Na distribution in NaMOR has also been investigated by X-ray diffraction and far-IR spectroscopy. The conclusions are that Na+ ion distribution is essentially random and that, together with the well-known interaction of the probes with Na+ ions in the side pockets and the main channels, a stronger additional interaction occurs in all cases. This new interaction is likely multiple, involving either more Na+ ions or Na and oxygen species. This interaction is more pronounced with the hindered nitriles, whose access at the main channels is likely forbidden. This suggests that this interaction, which is also observed on Na-X zeolites but not with Na-silica-alumina, occurs at the external mouths of the mordenite channels. PMID:16866459

  8. Silver-mordenite for radiologic gas capture from complex streams. Dual catalytic CH3I decomposition and I confinement


    Nenoff, Tina M.; Rodriguez, Mark A.; Soelberg, Nick R.; Chapman, Karena W.


    The selective capture of radiological iodine (129I) is a persistent concern for safe nuclear energy. In these nuclear fuel reprocessing scenarios, the gas streams to be treated are extremely complex, containing several distinct iodine-containing molecules amongst a large variety of other species. Silver-containing mordenite (MOR) is a longstanding benchmark for radioiodine capture, reacting with molecular iodine (I2) to form AgI. However the mechanisms for organoiodine capture is not well understood. Here we investigate the capture of methyl iodide from complex mixed gas streams by combining chemical analysis of the effluent gas stream with in depth characterization of the recovered sorbent.more » Tools applied include infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis with mass spectrometry, micro X-ray fluorescence, powder X-ray diffraction analysis, and pair distribution function analysis. Moreover, the MOR zeolite catalyzes decomposition of the methyl iodide through formation of surface methoxy species (SMS), which subsequently reacts with water in the mixed gas stream to form methanol, and with methanol to form dimethyl ether, which are both detected downstream in the effluent. The liberated iodine reacts with Ag in the MOR pore to the form subnanometer AgI clusters, smaller than the MOR pores, suggesting that the iodine is both physically and chemically confined within the zeolite.« less

  9. Silver-Mordenite for Radiologic Gas Capture from Complex Streams: Dual Catalytic CH3I Decomposition and I Confinement

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    Tina M. Nenoff; Mark Rodriguez; Nick Soelberg; Karena W. Chapman


    The effective capture and storage of radiological iodine (129I) remains a strong concern for safe nuclear waste storage and safe nuclear energy. Silver-containing mordenite (MOR) is a longstanding benchmark for iodine capture. In nuclear fuel reprocessing scenarios, complex gas streams will be present and the need for high selectivity of all iodine containing compounds is of the utmost importance for safety and the environment. In particular, a molecular level understanding of the sorption of organic iodine compounds is not well understood. Here we probe the structure and distribution of methyl iodide sorbed by silver-containing MOR using a combination of crystallographic and materials characterization techniques including: infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis with mass spectrometry, Micro-X-ray Fluorescence, powder X-ray diffraction analysis, and pair distribution function analysis. The iodine is captured inside the MOR pore in the form of AgI nanoparticles, that is consistent with the pores sizes of the MOR, indicating that the molecule is both physically and chemically captured in the Ag-MOR. The organic component is surface catalyzed by the zeolite via the formation of Surface Methoxy Species (SMS) that result in downstream organics of dimethyl ether and methanol formation.

  10. Multiple adsorption of NO on cobalt-exchanged chabazite, mordenite, and ferrierite zeolites: A periodic density functional theory study

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    Georgieva, Ivelina; Benco, Lubomir; Tunega, Daniel; Trendafilova, Natasha; Hafner, Jrgen; Lischka, Hans


    The adsorption of NO on Co(II)-exchanged chabazite (CHA), mordenite (MOR), and ferrierite (FER) has been investigated by periodic density functional theory calculations. The most stable configurations of Co(II) in ? and ? sites of the zeolites with two framework Al/Si substitutions at short distances and Al-(Si)n>1-Al ordering are used for calculating the adsorption energy of NO molecules on Co(II) cations and at Al framework sites. The less stable configurations of ?-Co(II)-MOR/FER show larger adsorption energies for one and two NO molecules. The bonding of one, two (and three) NO molecules to ? /?-Co(II) sites in CHA/MOR/FER induces a shortening of the N-O bond lengths because electron density is withdrawn from the antibonding orbital of the adsorbed NO molecule. The calculated ?(NO) stretching frequencies of mono- and dinitrosyl complexes at ? /?-Co(II)-MOR/FER are in good agreement with the experimental data. NO molecules adsorbed on ?-Co(II)-MOR and on ?-Co(II)-FER show similar NO stretching frequencies as nitrosyl complexes in Co(II)-MOR/-FER/-ZSM-5. Mononitrosyl complexes of ? /?-Co(II)-MOR/FER display ?(NO) frequencies blueshifted relative to the free NO, while in dinitrosyl complexes both the symmetric and asymmetric components are redshifted compared to the mononitrosyl frequency. The analysis of the vibrational spectra suggests that mononitrosyls are formed by adsorption at cation in both ? and ? sites in MOR, FER, and ZSM-5, while dinitrosyl complexes exist only at ?-type Lewis sites. This is important for the understanding of the reduction mechanism of NO to N2. A larger adsorption capacity of ?-Co(II)-FER compared to ?-Co(II)-MOR is predicted.

  11. Rationalizing Inter- and Intracrystal Heterogeneities in Dealuminated Acid Mordenite Zeolites by Stimulated Raman Scattering Microscopy Correlated with Super-resolution Fluorescence Microscopy

    PubMed Central


    Dealuminated zeolites are widely used acid catalysts in research and the chemical industry. Bulk-level studies have revealed that the improved catalytic performance results from an enhanced molecular transport as well as from changes in the active sites. However, fully exploiting this information in rational catalyst design still requires insight in the intricate interplay between both. Here we introduce fluorescence and stimulated Raman scattering microscopy to quantify subcrystal reactivity as well as acid site distribution and to probe site accessibility in the set of individual mordenite zeolites. Dealumination effectively introduces significant heterogeneities between different particles and even within individual crystals. Besides enabling direct rationalization of the nanoscale catalytic performance, these observations reveal valuable information on the industrial dealumination process itself. PMID:25402756

  12. Review of the thermal stability and cation exchange properties of the zeolite minerals clinoptilolite, mordenite, and analcime; applications to radioactive waste isolation in silicic tuff

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    Smyth, J.R.; Caporuscio, F.A.


    Silicic tuffs of the southern Great Basin and basalts of the Columbia River Plateau are under investigation as potential host rocks for high- and intermediate-level radioactive wastes. Nonwelded and partially welded tuffs may contain major amounts (> 50%) of the zeolite minerals clinoptilolite, mordenite, and analcime. Densely welded tuffs and some basalt flows may contain clinoptilolite as fracture filling that limits the permeability of these rocks. The cation exchange properties of these zeolite minerals allow them to pose a formidable natural barrier to the migration of cationic species of various radionuclides in aqueous solutions. However, these minerals are unstable at elevated temperatures and at low water-vapor pressures and may break down either by reversible dehydration or by irreversible mineralogical reactions. All the breakdown reactions occurring at increased temperature involve a net volume reduction and evolution of fluids. Thus, they may provide a pathway (shrinkage fractures) and a driving force (fluid pressure) for release of radionuclides to the biosphere. These reactions may be avoided by keeping zeolite-bearing horizons saturated with water and below about 85{sup 0}C. This may restrict allowable gross thermal loadings in waste repositories in volcanic rocks.

  13. Silver-mordenite for radiologic gas capture from complex streams. Dual catalytic CH3I decomposition and I confinement

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    Nenoff, Tina M.; Rodriguez, Mark A.; Soelberg, Nick R.; Chapman, Karena W.


    The selective capture of radiological iodine (129I) is a persistent concern for safe nuclear energy. In these nuclear fuel reprocessing scenarios, the gas streams to be treated are extremely complex, containing several distinct iodine-containing molecules amongst a large variety of other species. Silver-containing mordenite (MOR) is a longstanding benchmark for radioiodine capture, reacting with molecular iodine (I2) to form AgI. However the mechanisms for organoiodine capture is not well understood. Here we investigate the capture of methyl iodide from complex mixed gas streams by combining chemical analysis of the effluent gas stream with in depth characterization of the recovered sorbent. Tools applied include infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis with mass spectrometry, micro X-ray fluorescence, powder X-ray diffraction analysis, and pair distribution function analysis. Moreover, the MOR zeolite catalyzes decomposition of the methyl iodide through formation of surface methoxy species (SMS), which subsequently reacts with water in the mixed gas stream to form methanol, and with methanol to form dimethyl ether, which are both detected downstream in the effluent. The liberated iodine reacts with Ag in the MOR pore to the form subnanometer AgI clusters, smaller than the MOR pores, suggesting that the iodine is both physically and chemically confined within the zeolite.

  14. The growth of zeolites A, X and mordenite in space

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    Sacco, Albert, Jr.; Bac, N.; Coker, E. N.; Dixon, A. G.; Warzywoda, J.; Thompson, R. W.


    Zeolites are a class of crystalline aluminosilicate materials that form the backbone of the chemical process industry worldwide. They are used primarily as adsorbents and catalysts and support to a significant extent the positive balance of trade realized by the chemical industry in the United States (around $19 billion in 1991). The magnitude of their efforts can be appreciated when one realizes that since their introduction as 'cracking catalysts' in the early 1960's, they have saved the equivalent of 60 percent of the total oil production from Alaska's North Slope. Thus the performance of zeolite catalysts can have a profound effect on the U.S. economy. It is estimated that a 1 percent increase in yield of the gasoline fraction per barrel of oil would represent a savings of 22 million barrels of crude oil per year, representing a reduction of $400 million in the United States' balance of payments. Thus any activity that results in improvement in zeolite catalyst performance is of significant scientific and industrial interest. In addition, due to their 'stability,' uniformity, and, within limits, their 'engineerable' structures, zeolites are being tested as potential adsorbents to purify gases and liquids at the parts-per-billion levels needed in today's electronic, biomedical, and biotechnology industries and for the environment. Other exotic applications, such as host materials for quantum-confined semiconductor atomic arrays, are also being investigated. Because of the importance of this class of material, extensive efforts have been made to characterize their structures and to understand their nucleation and growth mechanisms, so as to be able to custom-make zeolites for a desired application. To date, both the nucleation mechanics and chemistry (such as what are the 'key' nutrients) are, as yet, still unknown for many, if not all, systems. The problem is compounded because there is usually a 'gel' phase present that is assumed to control the degree of supersaturation, and this gel undergoes a continuous 'polymerization' type reaction during nucleation and growth. Generally, for structure characterization and diffusion studies, which are useful in evaluating zeolites for improving yield in petroleum refining as well as for many of the proposed new applications (e.g., catalytic membranes, molecular electronics, chemical sensors) large zeolites (greater than 100 to 1000 times normal size) with minimum lattice defects are desired. Presently, the lack of understanding of zeolite nucleation and growth precludes the custom design of zeolites for these or other uses. It was hypothesized that the microgravity levels achieved in an orbiting spacecraft could help to isolate the possible effects of natural convection (which affects defect formation) and minimize sedimentation, which occurs since zeolites are twice as dense as the solution from which they are formed. This was expected to promote larger crystals by allowing growing crystals a longer residence time in a high-concentration nutrient field. Thus it was hypothesized that the microgravity environment of Earth orbit would allow the growth of large, more defect-free zeolite crystals in high yield.

  15. Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization using lithium-substituted mordenite surface

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    Suzuki, Junya; Sato, Asami; Yamamoto, Ryo; Asano, Takashi; Shimosato, Taku; Shima, Hisashi; Kondo, Junko N.; Yamashita, Ken-ichi; Hashimoto, Kenro; Fujino, Tatsuya


    An efficient matrix for matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS) has been developed. The use of 2,4,6-trihydroxyacetophenone (THAP) on lithium-substituted zeolite has enabled ionization of low-molecular-weight compounds that are not detectable by conventional MALDI-MS. IR measurements and quantum-chemical calculations have also been carried out to understand the adsorption structure of THAP on zeolite. The mechanism of Li+ adduction from zeolite to THAP is also discussed. The important role of the water molecules adsorbed on the zeolite surface for the Li+ adduction from zeolite to THAP has been clarified.

  16. Determination of Desorbed Species During Heating of AgI-Mordenite Provided by ORNL

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    Croes, Kenneth James; Garino, Terry J.; Mowry, Curtis D.; Nenoff, Tina M.


    This study is focused on describing the desorbed off gases due to heating of the AgIMordenite (MOR) produced at ORNL for iodine (I2) gas capture from nuclear fuel aqueous reprocessing. In particular, the interest is for the incorporation of the AgI-MOR into a waste form, which might be the Sandia developed, low temperature sintering, Bi-Si oxide based, Glass Composite Material (GCM). The GCM has been developed as a waste form for the incorporation any oxide based getter material. In the case where iodine may be released during the sintering process of the GCM, additional Ag flake is added as further insurance in total iodine capture and retention. This has been the case for the incorporated ORNL developed AgIMOR. Thermal analysis studies were carried out to determine off gasing processes of ORNL AgIMOR. Independent of sample size, ~7wt% of total water is desorbed by 225°C. This includes both bulk surface and occluded water, and are monitored as H2O and OH. Of that total, ~5.5wt% is surface water which is removed by 125°C, and 1.5wt% is occluded (in zeolite pore) water. Less than ~1 wt% total water continues to desorb, but is completely removed by 500°C. Above 300°C, the detectable remaining desorbing species observed are iodine containing compounds, including I and I2.

  17. Noninvasive Nanoscopy Uncovers the Impact of the Hierarchical Porous Structure on the Catalytic Activity of Single Dealuminated Mordenite Crystals

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    Kubarev, Alexey V; Janssen, Kris P F; Roeffaers, Maarten B J


    Spatial restrictions around catalytic sites, provided by molecular-sized micropores, are beneficial to reaction selectivity but also inherently limit diffusion. The molecular transport can be enhanced by introducing meso- and macropores. However, the impact of this extraframework porosity on the local nanoscale reactivity is relatively unexplored. Herein we show that the area of enhanced reactivity in hierarchical zeolite, examined with super-resolution fluorescence microscopy, is spatially restricted to narrow zones around meso- and macropores, as observed with focused ion-beam-assisted scanning electron microscopy. This comparison indicates that reagent molecules efficiently reach catalytic active sites only in the micropores surrounding extraframework porosity and that extensive macroporosity does not warrant optimal reactivity distribution throughout a hierarchical porous zeolite. PMID:26697122

  18. Differential thermal analysis as an acidity probe in zeolite catalysts

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    Aboul-Gheit, A.K.; Al-Hajjaji, M.A.; Menoufy, M.F.; Abdel-Hamid, S.M.


    Differential thermal analysis is used as an acidity strength probe for a series of mordenite (zeolite) catalysts via determining the temperature at which presorbed pyridine completely desorbs from the catalyst. The findings obtained for metal(s) containing mordenite catalysts have been correlated with the Pearson's assumption concerning Lewis acids and bases and the Pauling's electronegativity of the metals contained and found compatible.

  19. Method for treating a nuclear process off-gas stream


    Pence, Dallas T. (San Diego, CA); Chou, Chun-Chao (San Diego, CA)


    Disclosed is a method for selectively removing and recovering the noble gas and other gaseous components typically emitted during nuclear process operations. The method is adaptable and useful for treating dissolver off-gas effluents released during reprocessing of spent nuclear fuels whereby to permit radioactive contaminant recovery prior to releasing the remaining off-gases to the atmosphere. Briefly, the method sequentially comprises treating the off-gas stream to preliminarily remove NO.sub.x, hydrogen and carbon-containing organic compounds, and semivolatile fission product metal oxide components therefrom; adsorbing iodine components on silver-exchanged mordenite; removing water vapor carried by said stream by means of a molecular sieve; selectively removing the carbon dioxide components of said off-gas stream by means of a molecular sieve; selectively removing xenon in gas phase by passing said stream through a molecular sieve comprising silver-exchanged mordenite; selectively separating krypton from oxygen by means of a molecular sieve comprising silver-exchanged mordenite; selectively separating krypton from the bulk nitrogen stream using a molecular sieve comprising silver-exchanged mordenite cooled to about to C.; concentrating the desorbed krypton upon a molecular sieve comprising silver-exchange mordenite cooled to about to C.; and further cryogenically concentrating, and the recovering for storage, the desorbed krypton.

  20. Ion exchange properties of Japanese natural zeolites in seawater.


    Wajima, Takaaki


    Ion exchange properties of five different Japanese natural zeolites in seawater were examined. Sodium ions could be reduced by all zeolites, although anions, Cl(-) and SO(4)(2-), in seawater showed barely changes. Natural zeolite desalination treatment mainly depends on the ion exchange between Na(+), K(+) and Mg(2+) in seawater and Ca(2+) in natural zeolite. This study found that mordenite is superior to clinoptilolite for use in Na(+) reduction. Mordenite with high cation exchange capacity containing Ca(2+) resulted in the highest Na(+) reduction from seawater. PMID:23303099

  1. Plasmon resonance of copper nanoparticles within zeolites: the effect of matrix composition and agglomeration temperature

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    Petranovskii, Vitalii P.; Gurin, Valerij S.; Tamariz Flores, Jose V.


    Small copper particles within zeolite (mordenite) matrix produced by copper ion reduction were studied. Variation of SiO2/Al2O3 molar ratio of mordenite does not change crystal structure, but results in different ionic properties. A change of SiO2/Al2O3 ratio leads to transformation of the plasmon resonance from a classical peak to a shoulder in the same wavelength range. These features were simulated by the Mie theory, and calculations outlined additional absorption bands those consistent with the experiment.

  2. Milestone Report - M4FT-14OR0312022 - Co-absorption studies - Design system complete/test plan complete

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    Bruffey, Stephanie H.; Spencer, Barry B.; Jubin, Robert Thomas


    The objective of this test plan is to describe research that will determine the effectiveness of silver mordenite and molecular sieve beds to remove iodine and water (tritium) from off-gas streams arising from used nuclear fuel recycling processes, and to demonstrate that the iodine and water can be recovered separately from one another.

  3. Synthesis of single-site copper catalysts for methane partial oxidation.


    Grundner, S; Luo, W; Sanchez-Sanchez, M; Lercher, J A


    Cu-Exchanged zeolites are known as active materials for methane oxidation to methanol. However, understanding of the formation of Cu active species during synthesis, dehydration and activation is fragmented and rudimentary. We show here how a synthesis protocol guided by insight in the ion exchange elementary steps leads to highly uniform Cu species in mordenite (MOR). PMID:26744744

  4. A multitechnique characterization of the acidity of dealuminated mazzite

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    McQueen, D.; Fitoussi, F.; Schulz, P.


    The authors endeavored to characterize the acidity of stream-dealuminated mazzite through various techniques. Isomerization of n-paraffin over the platinum/mazzite catalyst indicated higher activity and selectivity than that of commercial platinum/mordenite. 44 refs., 9 figs., 7 tabs.

  5. Zeolitization of tuffaceous rocks of the green river formation, wyoming.


    Goodwin, J H; Surdam, R C


    The alkali-rich zeolites mordenite and clinoptilolite have been discovered in tuffaceous rocks of the Green River Formation, Wyoming. This occurrence strongly supports the alteration of glass to alkali-rich zeolite to analcime as the paragenetic sequence of alteration of tuffaceous rocks deposited in ancient Lake Gosiute. PMID:17734226

  6. Distribution and chemistry of fracture-lining zeolites at Yucca Mountain, Nevada

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    Carlos, B.; Chipera, S.; Bish, D.; Raymond, R.


    Yucca Mountain, a > 1.5-km thick sequence of tuffs and subordinate lavas in southwest Nevada, is being investigated as a potential high-level nuclear waste repository site. Fracture-lining minerals are possible sources of information on past transport within the tuffs, and they may act as natural barriers to radionuclide migration along the fractures. Cores from several drill holes were examined to determine the distribution and chemistry of zeolite minerals in fractures. Fracture-lining minerals in the Paintbrush Tuff are highly variable in distribution, both vertically and laterally across the mountain, with mordenite, heulandite, and stellerite widespread in fractures even though the tuff matrix is generally devitrified and not zeolitic. Where heulandite occurs as both tabular and prismatic crystals in the same fracture, the two morphologies have different compositions, suggesting multiple episodes of zeolite formation within the fractures. In contrast to the Paintbrush Tuff, fractures in the Calico Hills Formation and the Crater Flat Tuff generally contain abundant clinoptilolite and mordenite only where the matrix is zeolitic, although mordenite does occur as fracture linings in some devitrified intervals of the Crater Flat Tuff as well. The fracture-lining zeolites correlate with the degree of alteration of the zeolitic tuffs, with clinoptilolite plus mordenite in tuffs containing clinoptilolite, and analcime in fractures limited to tuff intervals containing analcime. These data suggest that fracture-lining zeolite formation may have been coincident with the original alteration of the tuffs.

  7. Conversion of methane to methanol on copper-containing small-pore zeolites and zeotypes.


    Wulfers, M J; Teketel, S; Ipek, B; Lobo, R F


    This communication reports the discovery of several small-pore Cu-zeolites and zeotypes that produce methanol from methane and water vapor, and produce more methanol per copper atom than Cu-ZSM-5 and Cu-mordenite. The new materials include Cu-SSZ-13, Cu-SSZ-16, Cu-SSZ-39, and Cu-SAPO-34. PMID:25679753

  8. AuPt Alloy on TiO2 : A Selective and Durable Catalyst for l-Sorbose Oxidation to 2-Keto-Gulonic Acid.


    Chan-Thaw, Carine E; Chinchilla, Lidia E; Campisi, Sebastian; Botton, Gianluigi A; Prati, Laura; Dimitratos, Nikolaos; Villa, Alberto


    Pt nanoparticles were prepared by a sol immobilization route, deposited on supports with different acid/base properties (MgO, activated carbon, TiO2 , Al2 O3 , H-Mordenite), and tested in the selective oxidation of sorbose to 2-keto-gulonic acid (2-KGUA), an important precursor for vitamin C. In general, as the basicity of the support increased, a higher catalytic activity occurred. However, in most cases, a strong deactivation was observed. The best selectivity to 2-KGUA was observed with acidic supports (TiO2 and H-Mordenite) that were able to minimize the formation of C1 /C2 products. We also demonstrated that, by alloying Pt to Au, it is possible to enhance significantly the selectivity of Pt-based catalysts. Moreover, the AuPt catalyst, unlike monometallic Pt, showed good stability in recycling because of the prevention of metal leaching during the reaction. PMID:26611807

  9. Isomerization of ethylbenzene and m-xylene on zeolites

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    Hsu, Y.S.; Lee, T.Y.; Hu, H.C.


    Simultaneous isomerizstion of ethylbenzene and m-xylene on zeolite catalysts, including Pt/mordenite, Pt/USY, Pt/ZSM-5, and Pd/ZSM-5, was studied. Experimental results indicated that Pt/ZSM-5 was the superior catalyst for these reactions. Pd/ZSM-5 is better than Pt/USY, although, both are good enough for the reactions, in comparison with Pt/mordenite. A kinetic model with plausible reaction paths was proposed for the isomerization. The estimated reaction rate constants and activation energies indicated that the transformation of m-xylene to o- or p-xylene might be limited by the mass-transfer rate of the diphenylmethane-type intermediate, and the formation of o-xylene from ethylbenzene could be restricted by the smaller protonated cyclopropane intermediate.

  10. Infrared spectroscopy study of the sorption of selenium(IV) on natural zeolites

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    Zonkhoeva, E. L.; Sanzhanova, S. S.


    The sorption of selenium(IV) ions on single crystals of natural shabazite, analcime, mesolite, stilbite, and on clinoptilolite- and mordenite-containing tuffs in dependence on the concentration and pH of a solution of sodium selenite was studied by infrared spectroscopy. It was assumed that sorption on clinoptilolite and mordenite tuffs from a 0.1 M solution of sodium selenite with pH 9 occurs in the form of selenite and pyroselenite anions forming a hydrogen bond with the zeolite water molecules. It was established that water molecules in analcime, unlike stilbite, shabazite and mesolite, also form hydrogen bonds with the selenite ion in an alkaline medium. No hydrogen bonds are formed in diluted solutions or an acid medium. The partial desilylation and dealumination of zeolites in alkaline and acid media respectively, were observed.

  11. Direct observation of DME carbonylation in the different channels of H-MOR zeolite by continuous-flow solid-state NMR spectroscopy.


    He, Ting; Ren, Pengju; Liu, Xianchun; Xu, Shutao; Han, Xiuwen; Bao, Xinhe


    The dynamic evolution of acetyl intermediates in the two different channels of H-mordenite (H-MOR) zeolite during dimethyl ether (DME) carbonylation is tracked by using in situ solid-state NMR spectroscopy under continuous-flow conditions. Thus, the reaction path via methyl acetate produced over active sites in 8 member ring (MR) channels, followed by diffusion into 12 MR channels, is proposed. PMID:26451500

  12. Selective oxidation of glycerol under acidic conditions using gold catalysts

    SciTech Connect

    Villa, Alberto; Veith, Gabriel M; Prati, Laura


    H-mordenite-supported PtAu nanoparticles are highly active and selective in the oxidation of glycerol under acidic conditions, which allows the direct preparation of free acids (see picture). The high selectivity for C{sub 3} compounds results from the negligible formation of H{sub 2}O{sub 2}, in contrast to PtAu nanoparticles supported on activated carbon.

  13. Carcinogenic and fibrogenic effects of zeolites: preliminary observations

    SciTech Connect

    Suzuki, Y.


    Two natural zeolite minerals, erionite, a fibrous form, and mordenite, a mixture of fibrous and granular types, were injected intraperitoneally into 45 Swiss albino male mice with a single administration of 10 or 30 mg of zeolite suspended in 1 cc of saline solution. The erionite was 0.4-24 in length (1 average, 95% shorter than 8 and 0.01-2.5 in width (0.1 average, 94.4% smaller than 1 The granular mordenite was 0.33-5.7 in the long axis and 0.27-1.67 in the short axis. The fibrous mordenite was 0.4-6 in length and 0.05-0.67 in width. Thirteen untreated mice and five mice treated with 10 mg chrysotile (Calidria, 90% shorter than 1 were used as controls. Six of ten mice treated with 10 mg of erionite developed malignant peritoneal tumors between 8 and 22 months after the single administration. The neoplasms in four of the six animals were consistent with malignant mesothelioma. Two of four chrysotile-treated controls also developed malignant peritonel mesotheliomas between 9 and 16 months. A fibrogenic effect was noted in both the erionite- and mordenite-treated mice, the effect being more pronounced in the former. Fibrotic lesions induced by these mineral fibers commonly presented in the primary site of these induced peritioneal tumors. Findings suggest that the carcinogenic and fibrogenic effects of the fibrous erionite are similar to those of asbestos.

  14. Oxygen and hydrogen isotope geochemistry of zeolites

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    Karlsson, Haraldur R.; Clayton, Robert N.


    Oxygen and hydrogen isotope ratios for natural samples of the zeolites analcime, chabazite, clinoptilolite, laumontite, mordenite, and natrolite have been obtained. The zeolite samples were classified into sedimentary, hydrothermal, and igneous groups. The ratios for each species of zeolite are reported. The results are used to discuss the origin of channel water, the role of zeolites in water-rock interaction, and the possibility that a calibrated zeolite could be used as a low-temperature geothermometer.

  15. Deactivation behaviors of zeolite and silica-alumina catalysts in the degradation of polyethylene

    SciTech Connect

    Uemichi, Yoshio; Hattori, Masahiko; Itoh, Toshihiro; Nakamura, Junko; Sugioka, Masatoshi


    For chemical recycling of waste plastics, HZSM-5, HY, and H-mordenite zeolites and silica-alumina were examined as catalysts for the degradation of polyethylene in a fixed-bed flow reactor system, and their activities and deactivation behaviors caused by coke deposition were studied. HZSM-5 catalyst was fond to be very effective for the production of gasoline-range fuel oils mainly consisting of isoparaffins and aromatics and showed no deactivation due to a very low yield of coke deposited on the catalyst surface, whereas in the degradation of polystyrene a marked deactivation was observed. Silica-alumina gradually deactivated as time on stream increased, but the degree of deactivation was less than expected from the deposition of a significant amount of coke, probably because the coke deposition in the large pores of the catalyst caused no marked influence on the diffusion of the decomposed fragments involved in the reaction. On the other hand, deactivations of HY and H-mordenite were striking; the latter was most abruptly deactivated, resulting in a marked decrease in the liquid yield. From the surface area measurements of the used catalysts, it was suggested that the pores of HY were sufficiently filled out with coke, while pore blocking by coke occurred in the unidimensional channels of H-mordenite.

  16. New catalysts for the indirect liquefaction of coal. Second annual technical report, August 1, 1981-July 31, 1982

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    Melson, G.A.


    Series of zeolite-supported iron-containing catalysts with weight percent iron (% Fe) varying from approx. 1 to approx. 17% Fe have been prepared from Fe/sub 3/(CO)/sub 12/ and the synthetic zeolites ZSM-5, mordenite and 13X by an extraction technique. The zeolites ZSM-5 and mordenite were used in the acid form, 13X in the sodium form. The catalysts were characterized by a variety of techniques including infrared spectroscopy, X-ray powder diffractometry, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, ion-scattering spectrometry and Mossbauer spectroscopy. All catalysts contain highly dispersed, small particle-sized ..gamma..-Fe/sub 2/O/sub 3/ with a small amount of the iron (0.6 to 1.5% Fe depending on the support) located in the pores of the support. Evaluation of the catalytic ability of some of these materials for synthesis gas conversion was conducted at 280/sup 0/C and 300/sup 0/C by using a fixed-bed continuous flow microreactor. All catalysts evaluated produce significant quantities of hydrocarbons. The distribution of hydrocarbons varies, depending upon the support used, for catalysts with similar weight percent iron. For the liquid hydrocarbons, Fe/ZSM-5 produces the highest percentage of aromatics, Fe/mordenite produces the highest percentage of olefins, and Fe/13X produces the highest percentage of saturates. The effect of support acidity and pore structure on hydrocarbon product distribution is discussed.

  17. Distribution of potentially hazardous phases in the subsurface at Yucca Mountain, Nevada

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    Guthrie, G.D. Jr.; Bish, D.L.; Chipera, S.J.; Raymond, R. Jr.


    Drilling, trenching, excavation of the Exploratory Studies Facility, and other surface and underground-distributing activities have the potential to release minerals into the environment from tuffs at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Some of these minerals may be potential respiratory health hazards. Therefore, an understanding of the distribution of the minerals that may potentially be liberated during site-characterization and operation of the potential repository is crucial to ensuring worker and public safety. Analysis of previously reported mineralogy of Yucca Mountain tuffs using data and criteria from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) suggests that the following minerals are of potential concern: quartz, cristobalite, tridymite, opal-CT, erionite, mordenite, and palygorskite. The authors have re-evaluated the three-dimensional mineral distribution at Yucca Mountain above the static water level both in bulk-rock samples and in fractures, using quantitative X-ray powder diffraction analysis. Erionite, mordenite, and palygorskite occur primarily in fractures; the crystalline-silica minerals, quartz, cristobalite, and tridymite are major bulk-rock phases. Erionite occurs in the altered zone just above the lower Topopah Spring Member vitrophyre, and an occurrence below the vitrophyre but above the Calico Hills has recently been identified. In this latter occurrence, erionite is present in the matrix at levels up to 35 wt%. Mordenite and palygorskite occur throughout the vadose zone nearly to the surface. Opal-CT is limited to zeolitic horizons.

  18. Summary of FY 2010 Iodine Capture Studies at the INL

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    Daryl R. Haefner; Tony L. Watson; Michael G. Jones


    Three breakthrough runs using silver mordenite sorbents were conducted and a dynamic sorption capacity estimated based on MeI analysis from a 2" bed. However, it is now believed the data for the first 2 runs is incomplete because the contributions from elemental iodine were not included. Although the only source of iodine was MeI, elemental iodine was generated within the sorbent bed, presumably from a recombination reaction likely catalyzed by silver mordenite. On-line effluent analysis with a GC was only capable of analyzing MeI, not I2. Scrub samples drawn during Run #3, which are specific for I2, show significant levels of I2 being emitted from a partially spent Ag-mordenite bed. By combining MeI and I2 analyses, a well defined total iodine breakthrough curve can be generated for Run #3. At the conclusion of Run #3 (IONEX Ag-900 was the sorbent) the effluent level from Bed 2 was approaching 70% of the feed concentration. The leading bed (Bed 1) had an estimated average loading of 66 mg I/g sorbent, Bed 2's was 52 mg I/g. The corresponding silver utilizations (assuming formation of AgI) were about 59% and 46%, respectively. The spent sorbents are being sent to Sandia National Laboratories for confirmatory analysis of iodine and silver utilization as well as source material for waste form development.

  19. Electron transfers in a TiO2-containing MOR zeolite: synthesis of the nanoassemblies and application using a probe chromophore molecule.


    Legrand, A; Moissette, A; Hureau, M; Casale, S; Massiani, P; Vezin, H; Mamede, A S; Batonneau-Gener, I


    New assemblies constituted by a microporous matrix of mordenite (MOR) zeolite on which TiO2 nanoclusters are deposited were synthesized using ionic oxalate complexes and TiCl3 titanium precursors. The samples were used to investigate the transfer of electrons produced by spontaneous or photo-induced ionization of a guest molecule (t-stilbene, t-St) occluded in the porous volume towards the conduction band of a conductive material placed nearby, in the pores or at least close to their entrance. The reaction mechanisms were compared in these Ti-rich solids and in a Ti-free mordenite sample. The characterization by XRD, N2 physisorption, TEM, XPS and DRIFT spectroscopy of the supramolecular TiO2/MOR systems before t-St adsorption showed the preservation of the crystalline structure after Ti addition and thermal activation treatments. They also revealed that titanium is mainly located at the external surface of the zeolite grains, in the form of highly dispersed and/or aggregated anatase. After incorporation of the guest molecule in the new assemblies, diffuse reflectance UV-visible and EPR spectroscopies indicate that the electron transfer processes are similar with and without TiO2 but strongly stabilized t-St?(+) radicals are detected in the TiO2-MOR samples whereas such species were never detected earlier in TiO2-free mordenite using these techniques. The stabilization process is found to be more efficient in the sample prepared with TiCl3 as the precursor than with titanium oxalates. It is proposed that the proximity of TiO2 with the formed t-St?(+) radicals provokes the stabilization of the radical through capture of the ejected electron by the semi-conductor and that confinement effects can also play a role. PMID:24866869

  20. Aluminum-phosphate binder formation in zeolites as probed with X-ray absorption microscopy.


    van der Bij, Hendrik E; Cicmil, Dimitrije; Wang, Jian; Meirer, Florian; de Groot, Frank M F; Weckhuysen, Bert M


    In this work, three industrially relevant zeolites with framework topologies of MOR, FAU and FER have been explored on their ability to form an AlPO4 phase by reaction of a phosphate precursor with expelled framework aluminum. A detailed study was performed on zeolite H-mordenite, using in situ STXM and soft X-ray absorption tomography, complemented with (27)Al and (31)P magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (MAS NMR) spectroscopy, XRD, FT-IR spectroscopy, and N2 physisorption. Extraframework aluminum was extracted from steam-dealuminated H-mordenite and shown to dominantly consist of amorphous AlO(OH). It was found that phosphoric acid readily reacts with the AlO(OH) phase in dealuminated H-mordenite and forms an extraframework amorphous AlPO4 phase. It was found that while AlPO4 crystallizes outside of the zeolitic channel system forming AlPO4 islands, AlPO4 that remains inside tends to stay more amorphous. In the case of ultrastable zeolite Y the FAU framework collapsed during phosphatation, due to extraction of framework aluminum from the lattice. However, using milder phosphatation conditions an extraframework AlPO4 ?-cristobalite/tridymite phase could also be produced within the FAU framework. Finally, in steamed zeolite ferrierite with FER topology the extraframework aluminum species were trapped and therefore not accessible for phosphoric acid; hence, no AlPO4 phase could be formed within the structure. Therefore, the parameters to be taken into account in AlPO4 synthesis are the framework Si/Al ratio, stability of framework aluminum, pore dimensionality and accessibility of extraframework aluminum species. PMID:25415849

  1. Catalyst for the pyrolysis of hydrocarbons

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    Boteanu, S.; Ivanus, G.; Pop, E.; Pop, G.; Tomi, P.


    A catalyst is claimed for the catalytic pyrolysis of hydrocarbons to olefins and diolefins at temperatures in the range of 600/sup 0/-750/sup 0/C and pressures of 0.1 to 20 atmospheres. It is a bifunctional synthetic modified mordenite zeolite of the formula (Yh.Zm.Una) O.Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/SiO/sub 2/ wherein M is Cu, Ag or Co/2 and u+y+z approach or equal 2. Good yields of ethylene and propylene are obtained from hydrocarbon feedstocks having boiling points up to 550/sup 0/C.

  2. Zeolite crystal growth in space - What has been learned

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Sacco, A., Jr.; Thompson, R. W.; Dixon, A. G.


    Three zeolite crystal growth experiments developed at WPI have been performed in space in last twelve months. One experiment, GAS-1, illustrated that to grow large, crystallographically uniform crystals in space, the precursor solutions should be mixed in microgravity. Another experiment evaluated the optimum mixing protocol for solutions that chemically interact ('gel') on contact. These results were utilized in setting the protocol for mixing nineteen zeolite solutions that were then processed and yielded zeolites A, X and mordenite. All solutions in which the nucleation event was influenced produced larger, more 'uniform' crystals than did identical solutions processed on earth.

  3. Pulsed laser deposition of zeolitic membranes

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    Peachey, N.M.; Dye, R.C.; Ries, P.D.


    The pulsed laser deposition of zeolites to form zeolitic thin films is described. Films were grown using both mordenite and faujasite targets and were deposited on various substrates. The optimal films were obtained when the target and substrate were separated by 5 cm. These films are comprised of small crystallites embedded in an amorphous matrix. Transmission electron microscopy reveals that the amorphous material is largely porous and that the pores appear to be close to the same size as the parent zeolite. Zeolotic thin films are of interest for sensor, gas separation, and catalytic applications.

  4. Zeolite catalysis: technology

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    Heinemann, H.


    Zeolites have been used as catalysts in industry since the early nineteen sixties. The great majority of commercial applications employ one of three zeolite types: zeolite Y; Mordenite; ZSM-5. By far the largest use of zeolites is in catalytic cracking, and to a lesser extent in hydrocracking. This paper reviews the rapid development of zeolite catalysis and its application in industries such as: the production of gasoline by catalytic cracking of petroleum; isomerization of C/sub 5/ and C/sub 6/ paraffin hydrocarbons; alkylation of aromatics with olefins; xylene isomerization; and conversion of methanol to gasoline.

  5. Catalytic degradation of high density polyethylene using zeolites.


    Zaggout, F R; al Mughari, A R; Garforth, A


    Plastic wastes, which cause a serious environmental problem in urban areas, can serve as sources of energy. Catalytic treatment of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) has shown that the degradation of HDPE resulted in the production of a stream of gaseous hydrocarbons varied in the range C1-C8. The degradation was carried out using diluted forms of zeolites ZSM-5, USY and Mordenite (MORD) using a fluidized bed reactor (FBR). Effect of coke formation on the activity of the catalysts was screened by thermogravimetric (TGA). ZSM-5 showed a significant resistance to deactivation because of the nature of its small pore size compared with USY and MORD. PMID:11382018

  6. SNL Sigma Off-Gas Team Contribution to the FY15 DOE/NE-MRWFD Campaign Accomplishments Report.

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    Nenoff, Tina M.


    This program at Sandia is focused on Iodine waste form development for Fuel Cycle R&D needs. Our research has a general theme of “Capture and Storage of Iodine Fission Gas “ in which we are focused on silver loaded zeolite waste forms, evaluation of iodine loaded getter materials (eg., mordenite zeolite), and the development of low temperature glass waste forms that successfully incorporate iodine loaded getter materials from I2, organic iodide, etc. containing off-gas streams.

  7. A new solid-state cesium ion source

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kim, S. I.; Seidl, M.


    This paper describes a new solid-state Cs(+) source in which Cs ions are chemically stored in a cesium-mordenite solid electrolyte pellet whose emitting surface is coated with a porous tungsten thin film. Cesium supply to the emitting surface is controlled by a voltage applied across the solid electrolyte pellet; Cs(+) emission takes place on the surface of the porous tungsten electode by surface ionization. The new solid-state Cs(+) source compares favorably with the metal-ionizer-type source with respect to the ion-emission current density and lifetime, and has the simplicity of construction and operation comparable to the zeolite-type source.

  8. Formation of Gold Nanoparticles in Zeolites

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Pestryakov, A.; Tuzovskaya, I.; Smolentseva, E.; Bogdanchikova, N.; Jentoft, F. C.; Knop-Gericke, A.

    The formation of gold nanoparticles in mordenites has been studied by the methods of FTIR spectroscopy of adsorbed CO and diffuse reflectance UV-visible spectroscopy. Different states of ionic and metallic gold were detected in the zeolite cavities and on the external surface of the zeolite - Au+ and Au3+ ions, charged clusters Aun?+, and neutral nanoparticles Aum. The relative amount of these states depends on the method of sample preparation, type of redox treatment and the SiO2/Al2O3 molar ratio.

  9. Calibration analysis of zeolites by laser induced breakdown spectroscopy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Horňáčková, M.; Grolmusová, Z.; Horňáček, M.; Rakovský, J.; Hudec, P.; Veis, P.


    Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy was used for calibration analysis of different types of microporous crystalline aluminosilicates with exactly ordered structure — zeolites. The LIBS plasma was generated using a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser operating at the wavelength of 532 nm and providing laser pulses of 4 ns duration. Plasma emission was analysed by echelle type emission spectrometer, providing wide spectral range 200-950 nm. The spectrometer was equipped with intensified CCD camera providing rapid spectral acquisition (gating time from 5 ns). The optimum experimental conditions (time delay, gate width and laser pulse energy) have been determined for reliable use of LIBS for quantitative analysis. Samples of different molar ratios of Si/Al were used to create the calibration curves. Calibration curves for different types of zeolites (mordenite, type Y and ZSM-5) were constructed. Molar ratios of Si/Al for samples used for calibration were determined by classical wet chemical analysis and were in the range 5.3-51.8 for mordenite, 2.3-12.8 for type Y and 14-600 for ZSM-5. Zeolites with these molar ratios of Si/Al are usually used as catalysts in alkylation reactions. Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy is a suitable method for analysis of molar ratio Si/Al in zeolites, because it is simple, fast, and does not require sample preparation compared with classical wet chemical analysis which are time consuming, require difficult sample preparation and manipulation with strong acids and bases.

  10. Performance of some silver sorbents for control of radioiodine from nuclear fuel operations

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    Scheele, R.D.; Burger, L.L.; Halko, B.T.; Waters, E.D.; Orme, R.M.


    The Process Facility Modification proposed for the Hanford PUREX plant includes control of gaseous radioiodine. In support of the Westinghouse Hanford Company design effort for the PFM, the Pacific Northwest Laboratory has evaluated caustic scrubbing and the use of silver-containing solid sorbents to remove iodine from the dissolver offgas (DOG) stream. The present report describes the behavior of several silver-containing zeolites and silver nitrate-impregnated silicic acid tested under conditions simulating normal and standby operation of the PFM. These studies found that the silver zeolites, Norton silver mordenite (NAgZ), Linde silver mordenite (LAgZ), and partially silver-exchanged Linde silver faujasite (PAgX), can routinely reduce the gaseous iodine concentration in a simulated PFM DOG to <10/sup -5/ I/L, while a commercially produced silver nitrate-impregnated silicic acid (AgNO/sub 3/Si) could not at these test conditions. Tests simulating standby operation of beds loaded up to 0.25 I/g sorbent indicate that standby operation will not result in effluent concentrations above 10/sup -5/ I/L. At higher loadings standby operation initially caused iodine to migrate from NAgZ. There were indications that the iodine tends to stabilize with time, but insufficient information is available to fully characterize these reactions. 4 refs., 2 tabs., 5 figs.

  11. Removal of metal cations from water using zeolites

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    Zamzow, M.J.; Murphy, J.E. )


    Zeolites from abundant natural deposits were investigated by the Bureau of Mines for efficiently cleaning up mining industry wastewaters. Twenty-four zeolite samples were analyzed by x-ray diffraction and inductively coupled plasma. These included clinoptilolite, mordenite, chabazite, erionite, and phillipsite. Bulk densities of a sized fraction ([minus]40, +65 mesh) varied from 0.48 to 0.93 g/ml. Attrition losses ranged from 1 to 18% during an hour-long shake test. The 24 zeolites and an ion-exchange resin were tested for the uptake of Cd, Cu, and Zn. Of the natural zeolites, phillipsite proved to be the most efficient, while the mordenites had the lowest uptakes. Sodium was the most effective exchangeable ion for exchange of heavy metals. Wastewater from an abandoned copper mine in Nevada was used to test the effectiveness of clinoptilolite for treating a multi-ion wastewater. The metal ions Fe[sup 3+], Cu[sup 2+], and Zn[sup 2+] in the copper mine wastewater were removed to below drinking water standards, but Mn[sup 2+] and Ni[sup 2+] were not. Calcium and NH[sub 4][sup +] interfered with the uptake of heavy metals. Adsorbed heavy metals were eluted from zeolites with a 3% NaCl solution. Heavy metals were concentrated in the eluates up to 30-fold relative to the waste solution. Anions were not adsorbed by the zeolites.

  12. Equilibrium modeling of the formation of zeolites in fractures at Yucca Mountain, Nevada

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    Chipera, S.J.; Bish, D.L.; Carlos, B.A.


    Yucca Mountain, in southern Nevada, is currently being investigated to determine its suitability to host the first US high-level nuclear waste repository. One of the reasons that Yucca Mountain was chosen for study is the presence of thick sequences of zeolite-rich horizons. In as much as fractures may serve as potential pathways for aqueous transport, the minerals that line fractures are of particular interest. Zeolites are common in fractures at Yucca Mountain and consist mainly of clinoptilolite/heulandite and mordenite although sporadic occurrences of chabazite, erionite, phillipsite, and stellrite have been identified using X-ray powder diffraction. To understand better the conditions under which the observed zeolite species were formed, thermodynamic data were estimated and calculations of log a((K{sup +}){sup 2}/Ca{sup ++}) versus log a((Na{sup +}){sup 2}/Ca{sup ++}) were conducted at various temperatures and silica activities. Using present-day Yucca Mountain water chemistries as a lower constraint on silica activity, clinoptilolite/heulandite and mordenite are still the zeolite species that would form under present conditions.

  13. Aluminum coordination and active sites on aluminas, Y zeolites and pillared silicates. Progress report, January 31, 1992--January 31, 1993

    SciTech Connect

    Fripiat, J.J.


    Effort was continued to characterize the nature of the Al species responsible for Lewis acidity in zeolites and in aluminas by NMR. While numerous techniques have been successful for scaling the acid strength of Broensted sites, the situation is not satisfactory for the Lewis acid sites. Initial rate of dehydrochlorination of 1,1,1-trichloroethane is sensitive to strength of Lewis acid sites. N-Butene isomerization has been extended to the new aluminas obtained from nano-sized precursors. O-Xylene isomerization was carried out in a recirculation reactor on H-mordenite samples containing Lewis or Broensted acid sites; effects of H{sub 2} and NO were also investigated. Cracking of methylcyclohexane and 3-methylpentane was investigated by EPR on H-mordenite. Sepiolite, a Mg silicate with zeolitic channels, had Al substituted for Si; the negative charge is balanced by, say, VO{sup 2+}. Transformation of ethanol into butadiene on this dual-function catalyst appears to result from a Prins reaction between acetaldeyde formed on the redox sites and ethylene resulting from dehydration of ethanol on Lewis sites.

  14. Aluminum coordination and active sites on aluminas, Y zeolites and pillared silicates

    SciTech Connect

    Fripiat, J.J.


    Effort was continued to characterize the nature of the Al species responsible for Lewis acidity in zeolites and in aluminas by NMR. While numerous techniques have been successful for scaling the acid strength of Broensted sites, the situation is not satisfactory for the Lewis acid sites. Initial rate of dehydrochlorination of 1,1,1-trichloroethane is sensitive to strength of Lewis acid sites. N-Butene isomerization has been extended to the new aluminas obtained from nano-sized precursors. O-Xylene isomerization was carried out in a recirculation reactor on H-mordenite samples containing Lewis or Broensted acid sites; effects of H[sub 2] and NO were also investigated. Cracking of methylcyclohexane and 3-methylpentane was investigated by EPR on H-mordenite. Sepiolite, a Mg silicate with zeolitic channels, had Al substituted for Si; the negative charge is balanced by, say, VO[sup 2+]. Transformation of ethanol into butadiene on this dual-function catalyst appears to result from a Prins reaction between acetaldeyde formed on the redox sites and ethylene resulting from dehydration of ethanol on Lewis sites.

  15. Paramagnetic complexes of 9,10-anthraquinone on zeolite surfaces and their thermal transformations

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Fionov, A. V.; Nekhaev, A. I.; Shchapin, I. Yu.; Maksimov, A. L.; Lunin, V. V.


    The concentration of one-electron transfer sites on the surface of H-ZSM-5, H-Y, H-mordenite, and H-? zeolites was measured by EPR using 9,10-antrhraquinone as a probe. It has been found that the hyperfine structure from four protons typical for one-centered complexes of anthraquinone with one acidic site was observed in the EPR spectra after anthraquinone interaction with a zeolite surface in the temperature range of 373 to 423 K. It has been established that an elevated temperature of 473 K promoted the decomposition of the adsorbed anthraquinone and the disappearance of the hyperfine structure. It has been shown that the thermal instability of anthraquinone adsorbed on zeolites changed in the series H-? > H-Y > H-ZSM-5 H-mordenite; the coke-forming ability of zeolites with regard to n-decane at 443 K changed in a similar manner. It has been established that the presence of air promoted coke-forming processes upon interaction between n-decane and zeolites.

  16. An investigation of strong sodium retention mechanisms in nanopore environments using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.


    Ferreira, Daniel R; Schulthess, Cristian P; Giotto, Marcus V


    Recent experimental research into the adsorption of various cations on zeolite minerals has shown that nanopore channels of approximately 0.5 nm or less can create an effect whereby the adsorption of ions, especially those that are weakly hydrated, can be significantly enhanced. This enhanced adsorption occurs due to the removal of hydrating water molecules which in turn is caused by the nanopore channel's small size. A new adsorption model, called the nanopore inner-sphere enhancement (NISE) effect, has been proposed that explains this unusual adsorption mechanism. To further validate this model a series of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy studies is presented here. NMR spectra were gathered for Na adsorbed on three zeolite minerals of similar chemical composition but differing nanoporosities: zeolite Y with a limiting dimension of 0.76 nm, ZSM-5 with a limiting dimension of 0.51 nm, and mordenite with a limiting dimension of 0.26 nm. The NMR experiments validated the predictions of the NISE model whereby Na adsorbed via outer-sphere on zeolite Y, inner-sphere on ZSM-5, and a combination of both mechanisms on mordenite. The strong Na adsorption observed in these nanoporous minerals conflicts with sodium's general designation as a weak electrolyte. PMID:22098397

  17. Efficacy of zeolitic ore compounds on the toxicity of aflatoxin to growing broiler chickens.


    Harvey, R B; Kubena, L F; Elissalde, M H; Phillips, T D


    Commercially available zeolitic ore compounds, when incorporated into the diets at 0.5%, were evaluated for their ability to reduce the deleterious effects of 3.5 mg aflatoxin/kg feed on growing broiler chickens from 1 day to 3 weeks of age. In a series of four experiments, the compounds used included the following: mordenite (particle size of -20 mesh; Zeomite); clinoptilolite (particle size of -20 mesh; Zeobrite); SC Zeolite (particle size of -20 mesh); and clinoptilolite (particle size of -35 mesh; Clino 1) or clinoptilolite (particle sizes of -20 plus +35 mesh; Clino 2). Results demonstrated that 0.5% Zeobrite, Clino 1, or Clino 2 added to aflatoxin-contaminated diets did not significantly (P < 0.05) diminish the toxicity of high concentrations of aflatoxin to growing broiler chicks. Zeomite mordenite ore reduced the toxicity of aflatoxin to growing chicks by 41%, as indicated by weight gains, liver weight, and serum biochemical measurements, which compares favorably with its in vitro binding capacity to aflatoxin. SC Zeolite reduced weight-gain toxicity of aflatoxin by approximately 29%. PMID:8383962

  18. Advanced fire-resistant forms of activated carbon and methods of adsorbing and separating gases using same

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    Xiong, Yongliang; Wang, Yifeng


    Advanced, fire-resistant activated carbon compositions useful in adsorbing gases; and having vastly improved fire resistance are provided, and methods for synthesizing the compositions are also provided. The advanced compositions have high gas adsorption capacities and rapid adsorption kinetics (comparable to commercially-available activated carbon), without having any intrinsic fire hazard. They also have superior performance to Mordenites in both adsorption capacities and kinetics. In addition, the advanced compositions do not pose the fibrous inhalation hazard that exists with use of Mordenites. The fire-resistant compositions combine activated carbon mixed with one or more hydrated and/or carbonate-containing minerals that release H.sub.2O and/or CO.sub.2 when heated. This effect raises the spontaneous ignition temperature to over C. in most examples, and over C. in some examples. Also provided are methods for removing and/or separating target gases, such as Krypton or Argon, from a gas stream by using such advanced activated carbons.

  19. Radioactive iodine separations and waste forms development.

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    Krumhansl, James Lee; Nenoff, Tina Maria; Garino, Terry J.; Rademacher, David


    Reprocessing nuclear fuel releases gaseous radio-iodine containing compounds which must be captured and stored for prolonged periods. Ag-loaded mordenites are the leading candidate for scavenging both organic and inorganic radioiodine containing compounds directly from reprocessing off gases. Alternately, the principal off-gas contaminant, I2, and I-containing acids HI, HIO3, etc. may be scavenged using caustic soda solutions, which are then treated with bismuth to put the iodine into an insoluble form. Our program is focused on using state-of-the-art materials science technologies to develop materials with high loadings of iodine, plus high long-term mechanical and thermal stability. In particular, we present results from research into two materials areas: (1) zeolite-based separations and glass encapsulation, and (2) in-situ precipitation of Bi-I-O waste forms. Ag-loaded mordenite is either commercially available or can be prepared via a simple Ag+ ion exchange process. Research using an Ag+-loaded Mordenite zeolite (MOR, LZM-5 supplied by UOP Corp.) has revealed that I2 is scavenged in one of three forms, as micron-sized AgI particles, as molecular (AgI)x clusters in the zeolite pores and as elemental I2 vapor. It was found that only a portion of the sorbed iodine is retained after heating at 95o C for three months. Furthermore, we show that even when the Ag-MOR is saturated with I2 vapor only roughly half of the silver reacted to form stable AgI compounds. However, the Iodine can be further retained if the AgI-MOR is then encapsulated into a low temperature glass binder. Follow-on studies are now focused on the sorption and waste form development of Iodine from more complex streams including organo-iodine compounds (CH3I). Bismuth-Iodate layered phases have been prepared from caustic waste stream simulant solutions. They serve as a low cost alternative to ceramics waste forms. Novel compounds have been synthesized and solubility studies have been completed using competing groundwater anions (HCO3-, Cl- and SO42-). Distinct variations in solubility were found that related to the structures of the materials.

  20. Milestone Report - M4FT-15OR0312026 - Complete NO and NO2 aging of AgZ

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    Bruffey, Stephanie H.; Patton, Kaara K.; Walker, Jr, Joseph Franklin; Jubin, Robert Thomas


    In an off-gas system within a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant, any capture material will be exposed to a gas stream for months at a time. This gas stream may be at elevated temperature and could contain water, NOx gas, or a variety of other constituents that comprise the off-gas stream. For this reason, it is important to understand the effects of long-term exposure, or aging, on proposed capture materials. One material under consideration is silver-exchanged mordenite (AgZ). The aim of this study was to determine the effect of extended exposure at 150°C to an air stream containing NO on the iodine capture capacity of the hydrogen reduced form of AgZ designated as Ag0Z. The study was originally also intended to expand on the static NO2 aging studies by exposing Ag0Z to a flowing stream of NO2 for an extended period of time, but those tests were delayed due to NO2 production schedules by the gas vendor. Unreduced silver mordenite has a loading capacity of approximately 25 mg I/g AgZ and that capacity is increased to 100 mg I/g Ag0Z upon reduction. It appears that extended exposure of AgZ to 1% NO at 150°C may not only neutralize the increased capacity gained by reduction, but perhaps degrade the sorbent even further. Loss of 80% of sorbent capacity and surface area was observed after 8 weeks of exposure to a 1% NO stream at 150°C. Investigations continue into the effects of aging by off-gas components on iodine sorbents. Future work will age silver mordenite with streams containing NO2. As the simulated off-gas streams become more complex and more corrosive, the ability of AgZ to withstand conditions present in off-gas streams will be more fully known.

  1. Picosecond infrared pump-probe spectrum of D2O adsorbed at acid OD group of zeolite

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Fujino, T.; Kashitani, M.; Onda, K.; Wada, A.; Domen, K.; Hirose, C.; Ishida, M.; Goto, F.; Kano, S. S.


    Spectroscopic and dynamic features of the vibrationally excited D2O/zeolite system have been investigated by two-color infrared-infrared pump-probe experiment. The frequency- and delay-scanned probe intensities were measured by tuning the pump laser to the OD stretching bands of the D2O molecule hydrogen bonded to the acidic OD group of mordenite zeolite. Two types of pump-induced signals were observed: the ones which have the population lifetime of 43±5 ps and display frequency shift by the pumping frequency, and the others, which have the lifetime of about 15 ps and exhibit no such frequency shift. Possible origins of the signals are discussed.

  2. Removal of toxic heavy metal ions from waste water by functionalized magnetic core-zeolitic shell nanocomposites as adsorbents.


    Padervand, Mohsen; Gholami, Mohammad Reza


    Functionalized magnetic core-zeolitic shell nanocomposites were prepared via hydrothermal and precipitation methods. The products were characterized by vibrating sample magnetometer, X-ray powder diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms, and transmission electron microscopy analysis. The growth of mordenite nanocrystals on the outer surface of silica-coated magnetic nanoparticles at the presence of organic templates was well approved. The removal performance and the selectivity of mixed metal ions (Pb(2+) and Cd(2+)) in aqueous solution were investigated via the sorption process. The batch method was employed to study the sorption kinetic, sorption isotherms, and pH effect. The removal mechanism of metal ions was done by chem-phys sorption and ion exchange processes through the zeolitic channels and pores. The experimental data were well fitted by the appropriate kinetic models. The sorption rate and sorption capacity of metal ions could be significantly improved by optimizing the parameter values. PMID:23184130

  3. Comparative study of the removal of coke from protonic zeolites

    SciTech Connect

    Gnep, N.S.; Roger, P.; Magnoux, P.; Guisnet, M.


    The transformation of methanol was carried out at 400{degrees}C on four protonic zeolites: USHY (framework Si/Al ratio equal to 5), HZSM5 (Si/Al = 45), two mordenites HMOR (Si/Al = 7.5) and HMORDA (Si/Al = 80) prepared by dealumination of HMOR through hydrothermal and acid treatments. The composition of coke determined through the method developed in the authors` laboratory depended slightly on the zeolite. The amount of coke removed for the zeolites through oxidative treatment was determined as function of the temperature and for various coke contents. The rate of coke removal depended slightly on the coke content and on the coke composition by very much on the zeolite. In particular the coke of HMORDA and of HZSM5 was eliminated at high temperature only.

  4. Fracture-lining minerals in the lower Topopah Spring Tuff at Yucca Mountain

    SciTech Connect

    Carlos, B.A.; Bish, D.L.; Chipera, S.J.


    Fracture-lining minerals in the lower Topopah Spring Member of the Paintbrush Tuff at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, are being examined to characterize potential flow paths within and away from the candidate repository horizon. Fracture coatings within this interval can be divided into five categories based on rock matrix and type of fracture. Fracture coatings in the densely welded tuff above the basal vitrophyre, near the candidate repository horizon, include (1) those related to lithophysal cavities; (2) mordenite and manganese oxides on nearly planar fractures; (3) later fracture coatings consisting of zeolites, smectite, and calcite. Fracture-coating minerals in the vitrophyre are fine-grained and consist of smectite and a variety of zeolites. The non- to partially-welded vitric and/or zeolitic stuff below the vitrophyre contains fractures mostly lined by cristobalite and clinoptilolite. 13 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab.

  5. A gas-sensing array produced from screen-printed, zeolite-modified chromium titanate

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Pugh, David C.; Hailes, Stephen M. V.; Parkin, Ivan P.


    Metal oxide semiconducting (MOS) gas sensors represent a cheap, robust and sensitive technology for detecting volatile organic compounds. MOS sensors have consistently been shown to lack sensitivity to a broad range on analytes, leading to false positive errors. In this study an array of five chromium titanate (CTO) thick-film sensors were produced. These were modified by incorporating a range of zeolites, namely ?, Y, mordenite and ZSM5, into the bulk sensor material. Sensors were exposed to three common reducing gases, namely acetone, ethanol and toluene, and a machine learning technique was applied to differentiate between the different gases. All sensors produced strong resistive responses (increases in resistance) and a support vector machine (SVM) was able to classify the data to a high degree of selectivity.

  6. Noble metal acidic zeolites for isomerization

    SciTech Connect

    Schweizer, A.E.


    This patent describes a method for producing a noble metal containing zeolite catalyst for isomerization of paraffinic hydrocarbons. Contacting a zeolite material selected from the group consisting of acidic fayjasites. LZ-210 faujasites, and mordenite with a noble-metal compound selected from Pt(acetylacetonate){sub 2} and Pd(acetylacetonate){sub 2} for an effective amount of time to incorporate Pt and/or Pd into the pore surface regions of the zeolite, but not to disperse the Pt and/or Pd throughout the entire zeolite; and calcining the so treated zeolite at a temperature from about 250 {degrees} C, to about 600 {degrees} C. for an effective amount of time.

  7. The zeolite deposits of Greece

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Stamatakis, M.G.; Hall, A.; Hein, J.R.


    Zeolites are present in altered pyroclastic rocks at many localities in Greece, and large deposits of potential economic interest are present in three areas: (1) the Evros region of the province of Thrace in the north-eastern part of the Greek mainland; (2) the islands of Kimolos and Poliegos in the western Aegean; and (3) the island of Samos in the eastern Aegean Sea. The deposits in Thrace are of Eocene-Oligocene age and are rich in heulandite and/or clinoptilolite. Those of Kimolos and Poliegos are mainly Quaternary and are rich in mordenite. Those of Samos are Miocene, and are rich in clinoptilolite and/or analcime. The deposits in Thrace are believed to have formed in an open hydrological system by the action of meteoric water, and those of the western Aegean islands in a similar way but under conditions of high heat flow, whereas the deposits in Samos were formed in a saline-alkaline lake.

  8. First-Principles Calculation Study of Mechanism of Cation Adsorption Selectivity of Zeolites: A Guideline for Effective Removal of Radioactive Cesium

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Nakamura, Hiroki; Okumura, Masahiko; Machida, Masahiko


    Zeolites have attracted attention in the reprocessing of radioactive nuclear waste because of their high selective affinity for radioisotopes of Cs. Very recently, their useful properties have been widely utilized in decontamination after the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants. In this study, we study the high selectivity in the Cs adsorption of zeolites using first-principles calculations and clarify the mechanism of the cation selectivity of zeolites. We obtain energy surfaces on all capture locations for Cs/Na ions inside the micropores of a zeolite, ``mordenite'', and find three crucial conditions for the highly ion-selective exchange of Na for Cs: i) micropores with a radius of 3 , ii) a moderate Al/Si ratio, and iii) a uniform distribution of Al atoms around each micropore. These insights suggest a guideline for developing zeolites with high Cs selectivity and for enhancing the cation selectivity in more general situations.

  9. Evidence for the presence of a bimolecular pathway in the isomerization of xylene on some large-pore zeolites

    SciTech Connect

    Corma, A. ); Sastre, E. )


    Using deuterated para-xylene as a reactant, the authors have found that more than 20% of the meta- and ortho-xylenes, obtained when using a HY zeolite as catalyst, are formed via a bimolecular mechanism. This involves, as an intermediate complex, a molecule of trimethylbenzene and another of xylene. The bimolecular process is less important in the case of mordenite, and does not occur in Zeolite Beta at low levels of conversion. The relative proportion of uni- to bimolecular mechanism depends on: reaction conditions, zeolite composition, and zeolite structure. Some of the mechanistic conclusions, reached when using xylene isomerization and transalkylation as a test reaction on faujasite zeolites, should be revised in light of these results. Finally, transalkylation between trimethylbenzenes and xylenes is proposed as a test reaction for 12 membered-ring (MR) zeolites since structural differences can be better established than when the conventional xylene isomerization-transalkylation reaction is used.

  10. Health implications of natural fibrous zeolites for the Intermountain west

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    Rom, W.N.; Casey, K.R.; Parry, W.T.; Mjaatvedt, C.H.; Moatamed, F.


    Fibrous zeolites have recently been implicated in an endemic outbreak of malignant pleural mesothelioma in several villages in Cappadocia in central Turkey. The possible association between fibrous zeolites and mesothelioma and the potential biological activity of fibrous erionite from the United States are reviewed. The zeolite minerals comprise a group of over forty hydrated aluminum silicates. More than 300 probable deposits of various natural zeolites are located in 25 states in the United States. Reserves of perhaps 10 trillion tons are present in the western United States; about 120 million tons are deposited near the surface. Several zeolites, including erionite and mordenite, may occur with a fibrous habit. Fibrous erionite is found in several well-defined deposits in Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, and Utah, where it occurs as thin, pure beds within sedimentary tuff sequences, or as outcrops in desert valleys of the Intermountain region. (JMT)

  11. Adsorption properties of Cs{sup +} for composite adsorbents and their irradiation stabilities

    SciTech Connect

    Susa, Shunsuke; Mimura, Hitoshi; Ito, Yoshiyuki; Saito, Yasuo


    Novel composite adsorbents using impregnation-precipitation methods have been developed; these fine crystals are loaded in the macro-pores of porous silica gels and zeolites. The 2 following composite adsorbents: KCoFC-NM (NM: natural mordenite, 0.4-1.0 mm), KCoFC-SG (SG: porous silica gel, NH and Q-10)) were prepared by impregnation-precipitation methods. This article presents the results of tests about their characterization, their selective adsorption ability of Cs{sup 137} and their irradiation stability. It is shown that the KCoFC-SG and KCoFC-NM composites are thus efficient for the selective separation of Cs{sup 137} in low-level radioactive waste (LLW) containing highly concentrated sodium nitrate.

  12. High equilibrium activity additive catalyst for catalytic cracking

    SciTech Connect

    Chu, P.; Mizrahi, S.


    This patent describes a catalyst composition for the catalytic cracking of a hydrocarbon feedstock comprising: (i) a cracking catalyst; (ii) an additive catalyst comprising a crystalline zeolite having a Constraint Index of from about 1 to about 12 and having at least 10% of the exchangeable cation sites occupied by cations, the cations comprising one or more selected from the group consisting of alkali metal cations, alkali NG earth cations and transition metal cations, the zeolite bound in a matrix comprising one or more selected from the group consisting of silica gels, cogels of silica and metal oxides, natural clays and synthetic clays. The patent also describes a similar composition wherein the cracking catalyst comprises a zeolite catalyst having the structure of one or more selected from the group consisting of zeolite X, zeolite Y, mordenite and faujasite.

  13. Optical spectra of noble metal nanoparticles supported on zeolites

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lpez Bastidas, Catalina; Smolentseva, Elena; Machorro, Roberto; Petranovskii, Vitalii


    Optical spectra of noble metal nano-particles supported on different types of zeolites are studied and compared. The absorbance spectra of Cu, Ag and Au nanoparticles supported on mordenite, ?-zeolite, Na/Y and H/Y zeolites respectively are reported. Spectra for pre-exchanged Au-Cu/Na/Y, Au-Ni/Na/Y and Au-Fe/Na/Y are also studied. A simple effective medium approach (Maxwell-Garnett) is used to obtain a theoretical complex effective dielectric function of the composite and to asses the sensibility of the plasmon resonance to the sample characteristics. The knowledge of these properties can hopefully be applied to the development of optical tools to monitor the synthetic path.

  14. Preparation for kinetic measurements on the silicates of the Yucca Mountain potential repository. [Final report], June 15, 1993--September 30, 1993

    SciTech Connect


    Part 1, ``The Preparation of Clinoptilolite, Mordenite and Analcime,`` summarized progress made during the contract period on preparing Na-end member clinoptilolite, mordenite, and analcime. The objective is to use the prepared zeolites to determine rates of dissolution and precipitation in laboratory flow-through systems in both this lab to 350 C and by the geochemists at Yale University to about 80 C. Because clinoptilolite represents the most complicated phase of these three zeolites and it is most abundant at Yucca Mountain, the authors have concentrated most of their efforts on its preparation. They have collected, high-concentration natural clinoptilolite samples. A hindered settling technique that takes advantage of the relatively low specific gravity of clinoptilolite coupled with ultrasonic cleaning in deionized water has been employed. This material is now a mixed Na-K zeolite which must then be converted to the pure Na-end member composition. In Part 2, ``Draft Manuscript on the Heterogeneous Kinetics of Cristobalite,`` experiments on the rates of reactions of dissolution and precipitation of cristobalite were carried at 150--300 C. Results show that cristobalite may precipitate from hydrothermal solution if the concentration of Si(OH){sub 4} exceeds that at quartz saturation and is less than that of amorphous silica saturation and if there are cristobalite nuclei present. Such nuclei may occur where there has been devitrification of volcanic glasses, for example. Cristobalite has refused to crystallize in the absence of such nuclei. Steady state concentrations were reached experimentally after starting at 150 {degree} with initially supersaturated solutions and at 200 C starting with either supersaturated or undersaturated solutions. From the steady state conditions, equilibrium constants can be derived.

  15. Development of Stable Solidification Method for Insoluble Ferrocyanides-13170

    SciTech Connect

    Ikarashi, Yuki; Masud, Rana Syed; Mimura, Hitoshi; Ishizaki, Eiji; Matsukura, Minoru


    The development of stable solidification method of insoluble ferrocyanides sludge is an important subject for the safety decontamination in Fukushima NPP-1. By using the excellent immobilizing properties of zeolites such as gas trapping ability and self-sintering properties, the stable solidification of insoluble ferrocyanides was accomplished. The immobilization ratio of Cs for K{sub 2}[CoFe(CN){sub 6}].nH{sub 2}O saturated with Cs{sup +} ions (Cs{sub 2}[CoFe(CN){sub 6}].nH{sub 2}O) was estimated to be less than 0.1% above 1,000 deg. C; the adsorbed Cs{sup +} ions are completely volatilized. In contrast, the novel stable solid form was produced by the press-sintering of the mixture of Cs{sub 2}[CoFe(CN){sub 6}].nH{sub 2}O and zeolites at higher temperature of 1,000 deg. C and 1,100 deg. C; Cs volatilization and cyanide release were completely depressed. The immobilization ratio of Cs, under the mixing conditions of Cs{sub 2}[CoFe(CN){sub 6}].nH{sub 2}O:CP= 1:1 and calcining temperature: 1,000 deg. C, was estimated to be nearly 100%. As for the kinds of zeolites, natural mordenite (NM), clinoptilolite (CP) and Chabazite tended to have higher immobilization ratio compared to zeolite A. This may be due to the difference in the phase transformation between natural zeolites and synthetic zeolite A. In the case of the composites (K{sub 2-X}Ni{sub X/2}[NiFe(CN){sub 6}].nH{sub 2}O loaded natural mordenite), relatively high immobilization ratio of Cs was also obtained. This method using zeolite matrices can be applied to the stable solidification of the solid wastes of insoluble ferrocyanides sludge. (authors)

  16. Zeolite-clay mineral zonation of volcaniclastic sediments within the McDermitt caldera complex of Nevada and Oregon

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Glanzman, Richard K.; Rytuba, James J.


    Volcaniclastic sediments deposited in the moat of the collapsed McDermitt caldera complex have been altered chiefly to zeolites and potassium feldspar. The original rhyolitic and peralkaline ash-flow tuffs are included in conglomerates at the caldera rims and grade into a lacustrine series near the center of the collapse. The tuffs show a lateral zeolitic alteration from almost fresh glass to clinoptilolite, clinoptilolite-mordenite, and erionite; to analcime-potassium feldspar; and finally to potassium feldspar. Vertical zonation is in approximately the same order. Clay minerals in associated mudstones, on the other hand, show little lateral variation but a distinct vertical zonation, having a basal dioctahedral smectite, a medial trioctahedral smectite, and an upper dioctahedral smectite. The medial trioctahedral smectite is enriched in lithium (as much as 6,800 ppm Li). Hydrothermal alteration of the volcaniclastic sediments, forming both mercury and uranium deposits, caused a distinct zeolite and clay-mineral zonation within the general lateral zonation. The center of alteration is generally potassium feldspar, commonly associated with alunite. Potassium feldspar grades laterally and vertically to either clinoptilolite or clinoptilolite-mordenite, generally associated with gypsum. This zone then grades vertically and laterally into fresh glass. The clay minerals are a dioctahedral smectite, a mixed-layer clay mineral, and a 7-A clay mineral. The mixed-layer and 7-A clay minerals are associated with the potassium feldspar-alunite zone of alteration, and the dioctahedral smectite is associated with clinoptilolite. This mineralogical zonation may be an exploration guide for mercury and uranium mineralization in the caldera complex environment.

  17. Analysis of the biological and chemical reactivity of zeolite-based aluminosilicate fibers and particulates.

    PubMed Central

    Fach, Estelle; Waldman, W James; Williams, Marshall; Long, John; Meister, Richard K; Dutta, Prabir K


    Environmental and/or occupational exposure to minerals, metals, and fibers can cause lung diseases that may develop years after exposure to the agents. The presence of toxic fibers such as asbestos in the environment plus the continuing development of new mineral or vitreous fibers requires a better understanding of the specific physical and chemical features of fibers/particles responsible for bioactivity. Toward that goal, we have tested aluminosilicate zeolites to establish biological and chemical structure-function correlations. Zeolites have known crystal structure, are subject to experimental manipulation, and can be synthesized and controlled to produce particles of selected size and shape. Naturally occurring zeolites include forms whose biological activity is reported to range from highly pathogenic (erionite) to essentially benign (mordenite). Thus, we used naturally occurring erionite and mordenite as well as an extensively studied synthetic zeolite based on faujasite (zeolite Y). Bioactivity was evaluated using lung macrophages of rat origin (cell line NR8383). Our objective was to quantitatively determine the biological response upon interaction of the test particulates/fibers with lung macrophages and to evaluate the efficacy of surface iron on the zeolites to promote the Fenton reaction. The biological assessment included measurement of the reactive oxygen species by flow cytometry and chemiluminescence techniques upon phagocytosis of the minerals. The chemical assessment included measuring the hydroxyl radicals generated from hydrogen peroxide by iron bound to the zeolite particles and fibers (Fenton reaction). Chromatography as well as absorption spectroscopy were used to quantitate the hydroxyl radicals. We found that upon exposure to the same mass of a specific type of particulate, the oxidative burst increased with decreasing particle size, but remained relatively independent of zeolite composition. On the other hand, the Fenton reaction depended on the type of zeolite, suggesting that the surface structure of the zeolite plays an important role. PMID:12417479

  18. Squaraines inside Zeolites: Preparation, Stability, and Photophysical Properties.


    Cano, María Luz; Cozens, Frances L.; Esteves, María A.; Márquez, Francisco; García, Hermenegildo


    A series of four symmetrical squaraines (ditoylyl, di-m-xylyl, dianisyl, and diresorcinyl) incorporated inside zeolites Y, mordenite, and ZSM-5 have been obtained by treating squaric acid and the corresponding arene in the presence of acid zeolites. Acid sites and high reaction temperatures (150 degrees C) were found to be crucial for the success of the preparation procedure. Surprisingly, this method failed for the preparation of the squaraine derived from N,N-dimethylaniline, which is known to be readily formed from squaric acid in homogeneous phase without a catalyst. The solid samples containing squaraines were characterized by diffuse reflectance and Raman spectroscopies and by thermogravimetry-differential scanning calorimetry. Among the hosts, mordenite was found to be the most general and convenient zeolite for the preparation of the squaraines, while in the other solids either the organic content adsorbed was comparatively smaller (ZSM-5) or some squaraines were not very stable (Y zeolite for ditolyl and dixylyl squaraines). The absorption spectra of the samples correspond to the J-aggregation state of the squaraines, except for some ZSM-5 samples, where simultaneous observation of the bands due to both monomers and aggregates occurs. Aggregation also changes with the water content of the samples. Treatment of the zeolite-bound diresorcinyl squaraine with basic aqueous solutions leads to remarkable variations in the diffuse reflectance and Raman spectra. These changes in the Raman spectrum of the diresorcinyl squaraine were found to be reversible by basic or acid washings. Laser flash photolysis using the 355- or 532-nm output of a Nd-YAG laser (<10 ns pulses;

  19. Tabulation and evaluation of ion exchange data on smectites, certain zeolites and basalt

    SciTech Connect

    Benson, L.V.


    An extensive search of the literature has been made for ion exchange data on smectites, certain zeolites and basalt. The data are in the form of thermodynamic equilibrium constants, corrected selectivity coefficients, and distribution coefficients. Room temperature alkali and alkaline earth metal cation ion exchange data for smectites are extensive. Correlation between the exchange free energies of alkali metal cations on Camp Berteau montmorillonite values with their Debeye-Hueckel parameter was found. Significant differences in values of exchange constants for the same reaction on different smectites were noted. While this in part may be attributable to differences in experimental procedures, much of the variance is probably due to differences in charge densities and the effective field strengths of the smectites. Differences in field strength are related to the type and amount of substitution on intercrystalline octahedral and tetrahedral sites. Data on smectites suggest that cation exchange selectivities are very strong functions of temperature. Experiments on the exchange properties of clinoptilolite and mordenite have been generally confined to alkali and alkaline earth cations although data for certain transition metal ions are also available for synthetic mordenite. The temperature dependences of zeolite exchange selectivities remain largely unknown. Distribution coefficients for groundwater-basalt systems have been measured for a variety of elements at temperatures up to 150/sup 0/C. Steady state concentrations are often never achieved either from the sorption or the desorption side. Classical models of ion exchange have been applied successfully to zeolite and smectite exchange reactions. The sorption behavior of a basalt is better treated with models of the interface which take surface ionization and complexation into account.

  20. Summary of the mineralogy-petrology of tuffs of Yucca Mountain and the secondary-phase thermal stability in tuffs

    SciTech Connect

    Bish, D.L.; Vaniman, D.T.; Byers, F.M. Jr.; Broxton, D.E.


    Yucca Mountain is composed of a thick sequence of silicic tuffs that are quite variable in degree of welding, alteration, and zeolitization. Tuff units above the water table are commonly devitrified or still vitric, with the exception of the zeolitized Pah Canyon Member in USW-G2. The devitrified tuffs above the water table commonly contain alkali feldspar, quartz, tridymite, and cristobalite, with minor smectite. The vitric tuffs are partly to wholly altered to sodium-calcium-saturated smectite. Below the water table are generally densely welded nonzeolitized tuffs and less densely welded zeolite-containing tuffs. The specific mineral assemblage present in Yucca Mountain tuffs has important implications in choosing a repository. The secondary phases clinoptilolite, mordenite, and smectite are very important because of their large cation sorption capacities. However, whereas densely welded tuffs containing no zeolite or glass are resistant to heating and do not dehydrate significantly, zeolitized, vitric, and smectite-containing horizons are very sensitive to minor increases in temperature. Smectites are particularly sensitive to changes in water vapor pressure and temperature, and temperature increases can lead to water evolution and large volume reductions. Similarly, clinoptilolite and mordenite begin to dehydrate below 100{sup 0}C, resulting in volume decreases. The exact effect of temperature on vitric tuffs is unclear. Under hydrothermal conditions the smectites gradually transform to nonexpanding, low sorption capacity illites, and there is evidence that this reaction has occurred in the deeper portions of USW-G2. Clinoptilolite transforms under hydrothermal conditions to analcime plus quartz with a concomitant volume decrease and water evolution. Again, there is evidence of this reaction occurring in Yucca Mountain tuffs at 80 to 100{sup 0}C.

  1. Studies on transition metals and alloy Fischer-Tropsch catalysts, their electronic and bulk properties. (I: Fe/MnO; II: Fe/TiO/sub 2/; III: Fe/Mord. ). Final report, July 1, 1982-September 30, 1983

    SciTech Connect

    Mulay, L.N.


    The objectives were: (1) to characterize samples D1, 10% FeO/90% MnO, and D2, 48% FeO/52% MnO, under varying conditions of reduction (at 250/sup 0/C or 350/sup 0/C in H/sub 2/) and of syngas reaction 1:1 of CO:H/sub 2/ at 290/sup 0/C) and in some cases use CO only for reduction and to identify species by Moessbauer Spectroscopy and Magnetization (sigma/sub s) measurement; (2) similarly, to see if there is any metal (oxide)/support (Mordenite) interaction by the same techniques. The characterization was carried out with above techniques and the kinetic results for syngas were obtained on the above systems mostly at PETC. During reduction of Fe-oxide/Mn-oxide an intermediate Mn-ferrite phase was detected. After reduction, species such as Fe/sup 0/+Fe/sup 3 +/+Fe/sup 2 +/ in varying total proportions (45% at 290/sup 0/C and Fe/sup 0/+Fe/sup 2 +/ 75% were found at 350/sup 0/C). Syngas conversion showed Fe-carbides (Fe/sub 2/C/sub 2/+Fe/sub 3/C) depending on the reaction conditions, and the composition of D/sub 1/ and D/sub 2/. With the fresh ..gamma..-Fe/sub 2/O/sub 3/ (identified by Moessbauer) on Mordenites with varying ratios of SiO/sub 2//Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/, a decrease in (sigma/sub s/) was found with lowering of the ratios from 60 to 17. At 17% ratio (sigma/sub s/) was smallest and the change in the isomer shift was maximum, which established an interaction with the Broensted cities. 24 figures.

  2. Fracture-coating minerals in the Topopah Spring Member and upper tuff of Calico Hills from drill hole J-13

    SciTech Connect

    Carlos, B.


    Fracture-lining minerals from drill core in the Topopah Spring Member of the Paintbrush Tuff and the tuff of Calico Hills from water well J-13 were studied to identify the differences between these minerals and those seen in drill core USW G-4. In USW G-4 the static water level (SWL) occurs below the tuff of Calico Hills, but in J-13 the water table is fairly high in the Topopah Spring Member. There are some significant differences in fracture minerals between these two holes. In USW G-4 mordenite is a common fracture-lining mineral in the Topopah Spring Member, increasing in abundance with depth. Euhedral heulandite >0.1 mm in length occurs in fractures for about 20 m above the lower vitrophyre. In J-13, where the same stratigraphic intervals are below the water table, mordenite is uncommon and euhedral heulandite is not seen. The most abundant fracture coating in the Topopah Spring Member in J-13 is drusy quartz, which is totally absent in this interval in USW G-4. Though similar in appearance, the coatings in the vitrophyre have different mineralogy in the two holes. In USW G-4 the coatings are extremely fine grained heulandite and smectite. In J-13 the coatings are fine-grained heulandite, chabazite, and alkali feldspar. Chabazite has not been identified from any other hole in the Yucca Mountain area. Fractures in the tuff of Calico Hills have similar coatings in core from both holes. In J-13, as in USW G-4, the tuff matrix of the Topopah Spring Member is welded and devitrified and that of the tuff of Calico Hills is zeolitic. 11 refs., 10 figs., 5 tabs.

  3. Environmental effect and genetic influence: a regional cancer predisposition survey in the Zonguldak region of Northwest Turkey

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kadir, Selahattin; Önen-Hall, A. Piril; Aydin, S. Nihal; Yakicier, Cengiz; Akarsu, Nurten; Tuncer, Murat


    The Cretaceous-Eocene volcano-sedimentary units of the Zonguldak region of the western Black Sea consist of subalkaline andesite and tuff, and sandstone dominated by smectite, kaolinite, accessory chlorite, illite, mordenite, and analcime associated with feldspar, quartz, opal-CT, amphibole, and calcite. Kaolinization, chloritization, sericitization, albitization, Fe-Ti-oxidation, and the presence of zeolite, epidote, and illite in andesitic rocks and tuffaceous materials developed as a result of the degradation of a glass shards matrix, enclosed feldspar, and clinopyroxene-type phenocrysts, due to alteration processes. The association of feldspar and glass with smectite and kaolinite, and the suborientation of feldspar-edged, subparallel kaolinite plates to fracture axes may exhibit an authigenic smectite or kaolinite. Increased alteration degree upward in which Al, Fe, and Ti are gained, and Si, Na, K, and Ca are depleted, is due to the alteration following possible diagenesis and hydrothermal activities. Micromorphologically, fibrous mordenite in the altered units and the presence of needle-type chrysotile in the residential buildings in which cancer cases lived were detected. In addition, the segregation pattern of cancer susceptibility in the region strongly suggested an environmental effect and a genetic influence on the increased cancer incidence in the region. The most likely diagnosis was Li-Fraumeni syndrome, which is one of the hereditary cancer predisposition syndromes; however, no mutations were observed in the p53 gene, which is the major cause of Li-Fraumeni syndrome. The micromorphology observed in the altered units in which cancer cases were detected may have a role in the expression of an unidentified gene, but does not explain alone the occurrence of cancer as a primary cause in the region.

  4. Mineralogic summary of Yucca Mountain, Nevada

    SciTech Connect

    Bish, D.L.; Vaniman, D.T.


    Quantitative x-ray powder diffraction analysis of tuffs and silicic lavas, using matrix-flushing techniques, has been used to obtain a model of three-dimensional mineral distributions at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. This method of analysis is especially useful in tuff, where the most abundant phases are commonly too fine grained for optical determination. The three-dimensional distributions of primary glass and of tridymite are particularly well constrained. Vitric nonwelded glasses occur above and below the welded devitrified Topopah Spring Member, but the glass in the lower nonwelded vitric zone is progressively altered to zeolites to the east where the zone is closer to the static water level. The zeolites clinoptilolite, mordenite, heulandite, and erionite have all been found at Yucca Mountain, but only mordenite and clinoptilolite are abundant and can be mapped between many drill holes and at many depths. Heulandite distribution is also mappable, but only below the densely welded devitrified part of the Topopah Storing Member. Erionite has been confirmed only once, as a fracture coating. There is a fairly continuous smectite-rich interval immediately above the basal vitrophyre of the Topopah Spring Member, but no evidence suggests that the smectites can provide information on the paleogroundwater table. There are at least four mappable zeolitized zones in Yucca Mountain, and the thicker zones tend to coincide with intervals that retained glass following early tuff devitrification. Problems in extrapolation occur where zones of welding pinch out. No phillipsite has been found, and some samples previously reported to contain phillipsite or erionite were reexamined with negative results. The deeper alteration to albite and analcime was not sampled in every drill hole, and the distribution of these phases is difficult to map.

  5. Revised mineralogic summary of Yucca Mountain, Nevada

    SciTech Connect

    Bish, D.L.; Chipera, S.J.


    We have evaluated three-dimensional mineral distribution at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, using quantitative x-ray powder diffraction analysis. All data were obtained on core cuttings, or sidewall samples obtained from drill holes at and around Yucca Mountain. Previously published data are included with corrections, together with new data for several drill holes. The new data presented in this report used the internal standard method of quantitative analysis, which yields results of high precision for the phases commonly found in Yucca Mountain tuffs including opal-CT and glass. Mineralogical trends with depth previously noted are clearly shown by these new data. Glass occurrence is restricted almost without exception to above the present-day static water level (SWL), although glass has been identified below the SWL in partially zeolitized tuffs. Silica phases undergo well-defined transitions with depth, with tridymite and cristobalite occurring only above the SWL, opal-CT occurring with clinoptilolite-mordenite tuffs, and quartz most abundant below the SWL. Smectite occurs in small amounts in most samples but is enriched in two distinct zones. These zones are at the top of the vitric nonwelded base of the Tiva Canyon Member and at the top of the basal vitrophyre of the Topopah Spring Member. Our data support the presence of several zones of mordenite and clinoptilolite-heulandite as shown previously. New data on several deep clinoptililite-heulandite samples coexisting with analcime show that they are heulandite. Phillipsite has not been found in any Yucca Mountain samples, but erionite and chabazite have been found once in fractures. 21 refs., 17 figs.

  6. Hydrothermal alteration in research drill hole Y-3, Lower Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

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    Bargar, Keith E.; Beeson, Melvin H.


    Y-3, a U.S. Geological Survey research diamond-drill hole in Lower Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, reached a depth of 156.7 m. The recovered drill core consists of 42.2 m of surficial (mostly glacial) sediments and two rhyolite flows (Nez Perce Creek flow and an older, unnamed rhyolite flow) of the Central Plateau Member of the Pleistocene Plateau Rhyolite. Hydrothermal alteration is fairly extensive in most of the drill core. The surficial deposits are largely cemented by silica and zeolite minerals; and the two rhyolite flows are, in part, bleached by thermal water that deposited numerous hydrothermal minerals in cavities and fractures. Hydrothermal minerals containing sodium as a dominant cation (analcime, clinoptilolite, mordenite, Na-smectite, and aegirine) are more abundant than calcium-bearing minerals (calcite, fluorite, Ca-smectite, and pectolite) in the sedimentary section of the drill core. In the volcanic section of drill core Y-3, calcium-rich minerals (dachiardite, laumontite, yugawaralite, calcite, fluorite, Ca-smectite, pectolite, and truscottite) are predominant over sodium-bearing minerals (aegirine, mordenite, and Na-smectite). Hydrothermal minerals that contain significant amounts of potassium (alunite and lepidolite in the sediments and illitesmectite in the rhyolite flows) are found in the two drill-core intervals. Drill core y:.3 also contains hydrothermal silica minerals (opal, [3-cristobalite, chalcedony, and quartz), other clay minerals (allophane, halloysite, kaolinite, and chlorite), gypsum, pyrite, and hematite. The dominance of calcium-bearing hydrothermal minerals in the lower rhyolitic section of the y:.3 drill core appears to be due to loss of calcium, along with potassium, during adiabatic cooling of an ascending boiling water.

  7. Changes in the Vibrational Spectra of Zeolites Due to Sorption of Heavy Metal Cations

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    Krl, M.; Mozgawa, W.; Barczyk, K.; Bajda, T.; Kozanecki, M.


    This work presents the results of spectroscopic (MIR and Raman) studies of zeolite structures after immobilization of heavy metal cations from aqueous solutions. The sorption of Ag+, Cu2+, Cd2+, Pb2+, Zn2+, and Cr3+ ions has been conducted on zeolites belonging to different structural groups, i.e., sodium forms of natural chabazite, mordenite, ferrierite, and clinoptilolite, as well as on synthetic zeolite Y. Systematic changes in intensities and positions of the bands corresponding to the characteristic ring vibrations have been observed in the measured spectra. The most visible changes are observed in the FT-IR spectra of the samples in the range of 850-450 cm-1, and in the Raman spectra in the range of 600-250 cm-1. Depending on the zeolite structure, the bands, which can be regarded as a kind of indicator of ion exchange, were indentifi ed. For example, in the case of IR spectra, these bands are at 766, 703, 648, 578, and 506 cm-1 for zeolite Y, at 733 and 560 cm-1 for mordenite, at 675 cm-1 for clinoptilolite, etc. The degree of changes depends on both the type of cation and its concentration in the initial solution. This is connected with the way of binding of metal ions to the zeolite aluminosilicate framework, i.e., a proportion of the ion exchange and chemisorption in the process. Cations mainly undergoing ion exchange, such as Cd2+ or Pb2+, have the greatest impact on the character of the spectra. On the other hand, Cr3+ ions practically do not modify the spectra of zeolites. Results of IR and Raman spectroscopic studies have been compared with those obtained by atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS), from which the proportion of ion exchange to chemisorption in the process and the effective cation exchange capacity of the individual samples have been estimated.

  8. Studies of anions sorption on natural zeolites.


    Barczyk, K; Mozgawa, W; Krl, M


    This work presents results of FT-IR spectroscopic studies of anions-chromate, phosphate and arsenate - sorbed from aqueous solutions (different concentrations of anions) on zeolites. The sorption has been conducted on natural zeolites from different structural groups, i.e. chabazite, mordenite, ferrierite and clinoptilolite. The Na-forms of sorbents were exchanged with hexadecyltrimethylammonium cations (HDTMA(+)) and organo-zeolites were obtained. External cation exchange capacities (ECEC) of organo-zeolites were measured. Their values are 17mmol/100g for chabazite, 4mmol/100g for mordenite and ferrierite and 10mmol/100g for clinoptilolite. The used initial inputs of HDTMA correspond to 100% and 200% ECEC of the minerals. Organo-modificated sorbents were subsequently used for immobilization of mentioned anions. It was proven that aforementioned anions' sorption causes changes in IR spectra of the HDTMA-zeolites. These alterations are dependent on the kind of anions that were sorbed. In all cases, variations are due to bands corresponding to the characteristic Si-O(Si,Al) vibrations (occurring in alumino- and silicooxygen tetrahedra building spatial framework of zeolites). Alkylammonium surfactant vibrations have also been observed. Systematic changes in the spectra connected with the anion concentration in the initial solution have been revealed. The amounts of sorbed CrO4(2-), AsO4(3-) and PO4(3-) ions were calculated from the difference between their concentrations in solutions before (initial concentration) and after (equilibrium concentration) sorption experiments. Concentrations of anions were determined by spectrophotometric method. PMID:25002191

  9. Hydrothermal alteration and evolution of the Ohakuri hydrothermal system, Taupo volcanic zone, New Zealand

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Henneberger, R. C.; Browne, P. R. L.


    Erosion and excavations at Ohakuri in the Taupo Volcanic zone have exposed the upper portion (100-150 m) of a hydrothermal system that was active sometime between 700,000 and 160,000 years ago. Extensive hydrothermal alteration occurred within a host sequence of young, relatively undeformed, chemically and lithologically similar unwelded rhyolitic ignimbrite and air-fall tuffs. Mapping and petrologic work have identified six distinct alteration types. An early event formed a concentrically zoned suite of alteration through the pervasive movement of alkaline chloride type water. In the innermost zone, primary rock components were almost entirely converted to quartz + adularia illite hematite leucoxene. Mineralized veins and breccias of quartz pyrite adularia chlorite formed here in response to episodic hydraulic fracturing. This zone grades outward and upward into a zone of less intense, lower rank alteration with a mordenite + clinoptilolite + smectite + opal hematite assemblage, then a zone of weak clay alteration and into fresh rock. Calcite is conspicuously absent from the entire suite. Acid-sulphate type water, formed from steam-condensate, dominated the shallow activity in a second stage of alteration that followed local erosion. Widespread but discontinuous alteration converted the ignimbrite to kaolinite + opal hematite, with alunite occurring in the more intense zones. This alteration locally overprints the early alkali-chloride produced suite, but the focus of the second-stage activity was north of the focus of the older event. Scattered opaline sinters and silicified surficial deposits are products of either still later activity or the waning part of the second stage. Chemical analysis shows that the various alteration types have characteristic patterns of major element addition and removal; these reflect the key hydrothermal mineral reactions that formed the new assemblages. Quartz-adularia alteration involved mainly silicification, dehydration and cation exchange (K + for Na 2+, H +, Ca 2+, Mg 2+), whereas alteration in the mordenite zone was mostly a moderate hydration process. Kaolinite alteration involved strong hydration, hydrolysis and redistribution of silica. Trace elements show varying degrees of mobility and correlation with major elements. Alteration features identify the important upflow zones, zones of mixing between hydrothermal and shallow groundwater, and changes in alkali chloride water level. They also reflect a transition from diffuse to channel flow as sealing eliminated original rock porosity, and led to hydraulic fracturing which maintained fracture permeability in the system. Mineralogy and fluid inclusion studies indicate that the primary fluid at now-exposed levels was a high-pH (7-8), low-CO 2 and low-H 2S water cooler than 200C, probably modified by boiling at depth.

  10. Preliminary Results of Voloxidation Processing of Kilogram Quantities of Used Nuclear Fuel

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    Spencer, Barry B; DelCul, Guillermo D; Jubin, Robert Thomas; Owens, R Steven; Ramey, Dan W; Collins, Emory D


    Advanced nuclear fuel processing methodologies are being studied as part of the Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative (AFCI) program at ORNL. To support this initiative, processes and equipment were deployed at ORNL to perform all steps in the recycle process on actual used nuclear fuels, ranging from used fuel receipt to production of products and waste forms at the kilogram-scale (with capacity to process 20 kg of used fuel per year in up to four campaigns). In the first campaign, approximately 4 kg of used fuel was processed. As previously reported, the head-end processing was completed using saw-segmented Dresden fuel in lab-scale equipment in multiple batches. The second processing campaign used a new single pin shear and a new bench-scale voloxidizer to perform the dry head-end treatment prior to fuel dissolution. Approximately ~5 kg of used fuel (heavy metal basis) was processed in the second campaign. Two different fuels were oxidized in three separate batches to provide a range of processing conditions. The material used for each batch and general processing conditions are summarized in Table 1. Progress of the oxidation reaction was monitored continuously by two primary measurements; the concentration of oxygen in the effluent stream which was depressed as the oxygen was consumed, and the concentration of krypton-85 in the effluent stream as measured by a gamma counter on the off-gas pipeline. Table 1. Voloxidation test conditions for second campaign. Batch Fuel Source Burnup (GWd/MT)Batch size (kg*)/(kg**)Segment Length (in) Oxidation GasOperation Temperature ( C) 1Surry-2361.223/1.7041.0Air500 2North Anna63 702.071/2.8850.88Air600 3North Anna63 702.012/2.8030.88Oxygen600 * Heavy metal basis. ** Total fuel (oxide + cladding) basis. Fission product gases evolved from the fuel during the oxidation process were trapped for subsequent chemical and radiochemical analysis. The series of traps included a bed of molecular sieves to recover tritium (as HTO), silver-substituted zeolite to capture iodine (e.g. as AgI), a caustic scrubber to collect carbon dioxide (including 14CO2), a hydrogen-substituted mordenite to capture krypton (e.g. 85Kr) by cryogenic temperature swing adsorption, and a silver-substituted mordenite to capture xenon by cryogenic temperature swing absorption. The quantities of these volatile gases collected were compared to ORIGEN calculations to estimate the effectiveness of the voloxidation process to separate the volatiles from the used fuel. This paper will describe the voloxidation system and present preliminary results from the second processing campaign.

  11. Complete Phase I Tests As Described in the Multi-lab Test Plan for the Evaluation of CH3I Adsorption on AgZ

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    Bruffey, S. H.; Jubin, R. T.


    Silver-exchanged mordenite (AgZ) has been identified as a potential sorbent for iodine present in the off-gas streams of a used nuclear fuel reprocessing facility. In such a facility, both elemental and organic forms of iodine are released from the dissolver in gaseous form. These species of iodine must be captured with high efficiency for a facility to avoid radioactive iodine release above regulatory limits in the gaseous effluent of the plant. Studies completed at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) examined the adsorption of organic iodine in the form of CH3I by AgZ. Upon breakthrough of the feed gas through the sorbent bed, elemental iodine was observed in the effluent stream, despite the fact that the only source of iodine in the system was the CH3I in the feed gas.1 This behavior does not appear to have been reported previously nor has it been independently confirmed. Thus, as a result of these prior studies, multiple knowledge gaps relating to the adsorption of CH3I by AgZ were identified, and a multi-lab test plan, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), INL, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), and Sandia National Laboratories, was formulated to address each in a systematic way.2 For this report, the scope of work for ORNL was further narrowed to three thin-bed experiments that would characterize CH3I adsorption onto AgZ in the presence of water, NO, and NO2. Completion of these three-thin bed experiments demonstrated that organic iodine in the form of CH3I was adsorbed by reduced silver mordenite (Ag0Z) to a 50% higher loading than that of I2 when adsorbed from a dry air stream. Adsorption curves suggest different adsorption mechanisms for I2 and CH3I. In the presence of NO and NO2 gas, the loading of CH3I onto Ag0Z is suppressed and may be reversible. Further, the presence of NO and NO2 gas appears to oxidize CH3I to I2; this is indicated by an adsorption curve similar to that of I2 on Ag0Z. Finally, the loss of organic iodine loading capacity by Ag0Z in the presence of NOx is unaffected by the addition of water vapor to the gas stream; no marked additional loss in capacity or retention was observed.

  12. Novel Sorbent Development and Evaluation for the Capture of Krypton and Xenon from Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Off-Gas Streams

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    Troy G. Garn; Mitchell R. Greenhalgh; Jack D. Law


    The release of volatile radionuclides generated during Used Nuclear Fuel reprocessing in the US will most certainly need to be controlled to meet US regulatory emission limits. A US DOE sponsored Off-Gas Sigma Team has been tasked with a multi-lab collaborative research and development effort to investigate and evaluate emissions and immobilization control technologies for the volatile radioactive species generated from commercial Used Nuclear Fuel (UNF) Reprocessing. Physical Adsorption technology is a simpler and potential economical alternative to cryogenic distillation processes that can be used for the capture of krypton and xenon and has resulted in a novel composite sorbent development procedure using synthesized mordenite as the active material. Utilizing the sorbent development procedure, INL sigma team members have developed two composite sorbents that have been evaluated for krypton and xenon capacities at ambient and 191 K temperature using numerous test gas compositions. Adsorption isotherms have been generated to predict equilibration and maximum capacities enabling modeling to support process equipment scale-up.

  13. Novel Sorbent Development and Evaluation for the Capture of Krypton and Xenon from Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Off-Gas Streams

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    Troy G. Garn; Mitchell R. Greenhalgh; Jack D. Law


    The release of volatile radionuclides generated during Used Nuclear Fuel reprocessing in the US will most certainly need to be controlled to meet US regulatory emission limits. A US DOE sponsored Off-Gas Sigma Team has been tasked with a multi-lab collaborative research and development effort to investigate and evaluate emissions and immobilization control technologies for the volatile radioactive species generated from commercial Used Nuclear Fuel (UNF) Reprocessing. Physical Adsorption technology is a simpler and potential economical alternative to cryogenic distillation processes that can be used for the capture of krypton and xenon and has resulted in a novel composite sorbent development procedure using synthesized mordenite as the active material. Utilizing the sorbent development procedure, INL sigma team members have developed two composite sorbents that have been evaluated for krypton and xenon capacities at ambient and 191 K temperature using numerous test gas compositions. Adsorption isotherms have been generated to predict equilibration and maximum capacities enabling modeling to support process equipment scale-up.

  14. Petrology, sedimentology, and diagenesis of hemipelagic limestone and tuffaceous turbidities in the Aksitero Formation, central Luzon, Philippines

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Garrison, Robert E.; Espiritu, E.; Horan, L.J.; Mack, L.E.


    The Aksitero Formation of central Luzon is an upper Eocene and lower Oligocene sequence of evenly bedded hemipelagic limestone with a few thin interlayers of tuffaceous turbidites. The limestone consists chiefly of planktonic foraminifers and calcareous nannofossils, with up to 30 percent of noncarbonate components, chiefly volcaniclastic debris. The tuff layers are graded beds. Composed mainly of glass shards, pumice fragments, crystals, and fine-grained volcanic rock fragments. Hydrocarbons migrated into the pores of the tuffaceous layers early during diagenesis but they were subsequently flushed out and only bitumen remains, chiefly as thin coatings on grains and wthin pumice vesicles. Later during diagenesis, zeolites (mordenite and c1inoptilolite) and secondary calcite preferentially replaced glass shards and pumice fragments. Deposition of the Aksitero Formation probably occurred at depths of at least 1,000 meters within a subsiding basin adjacent to an active island arc system. Submarine ash eruptions of silicic composition caused volcaniclastic turbidity currents that occasionally reached the basin floor. The more proximal facies of these volcaniclastic deposits may be prospective for hydrocarbons.

  15. Characterization of Binary Ag-Cu Ion Mixtures in Zeolites: Their Reduction Products and Stability to Air Oxidation

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    Fiddy, Steven; Petranovskii, Vitalii; Ogden, Steve; Iznaga, Inocente Rodriguez


    A series of Ag+-Cu2+ binary mixtures with different Ag/Cu ratios were supported on mordenite with different Si/Al ratios and were subsequently reduced under hydrogen in the temperature range 323K - 473K. Ag and Cu K-edge X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) was conducted on these systems in-situ to monitor the reduction species formed and the kinetics of their reduction. In-situ XANES clearly demonstrates that the formation of silver particles is severely impeded by the addition of copper and that the copper is converted from Cu(II) to Cu(I) during reduction and completely reverts back to Cu(II) during cooling. There are no indications at any stage of the formation of bimetallic Ag-Cu clusters. Interestingly, the Ag/Cu ratio appears to have no influence of the reduction kinetics and reduction products formed with only the highest Si/Al ratio (MR = 128) investigated during this study having an influence on the reduction and stability to air oxidation.

  16. Gold nanoparticles as efficient antimicrobial agents for Escherichia coli and Salmonella typhi

    PubMed Central


    Background It is imperative to eliminate bacteria present in water in order to avoid problems in healthy. Escherichia coli and Salmonella typhi bacteria are two common pollutants and they are developing resistance to some of the most used bactericide. Therefore new biocide materials are being tested. Thus, gold nanoparticles are proposed to inhibit the growth of these two microorganisms. Results Gold nanoparticles were supported onto clinoptilolite, mordenite and faujasite zeolites. Content of gold in materials varied between 2.3 and 2.8 wt%. The size, dispersion and roughness of gold nanoparticles were highly dependent of the zeolite support. The faujasite support was the support where the 5 nm nanoparticles were highly dispersed. The efficiency of gold-zeolites as bactericides of Escherichia coli and Salmonella typhi was determined by the zeolite support. Conclusions Gold nanoparticles dispersed on zeolites eliminate Escherichia coli and Salmonella typhi at short times. The biocidal properties of gold nanoparticles are influenced by the type of support which, indeed, drives key parameters as the size and roughness of nanoparticles. The more actives materials were pointed out Au-faujasite. These materials contained particles sized 5 nm at surface and eliminate 9095% of Escherichia coli and Salmonella typhi colonies. PMID:23331621

  17. Radionuclide Leaching from Organic Ion Exchange Resin

    SciTech Connect

    Delegard, C.H.; Rinehart, D.E.


    Laboratory tests were performed to examine the efficacy of leach treatments for decontaminating organic ion exchange resins (OIER), which have been found in a number of samples retrieved from K East Basin sludge. Based on process records, the OIER found in the K Basins is a mixed-bet strong acid/strong base material marketed as Purolite{trademark} NRW-037. Radionuclides sorbed or associated with the OIER can restrict its disposal to the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility (ERDF). The need for testing to support development of a treatment process for K Basin sludge has been described in Section 4.2 of ''Testing Strategy to Support the Development of K Basins Sludge Treatment Process'' (Flament 1998). To help understand the effects of anticipated OIER elutriation and washing, tests were performed with well-rinsed OIER material from K East Basin floor sludge (sample H-08 BEAD G) and with well-rinsed OIER having approximately 5% added K East canister composite sludge (sample KECOMP). The rinsed resin-bearing material also contained the inorganic ion exchanger Zeolon-900{trademark}, a zeolite primarily composed of the mineral mordenite. The zeolite was estimated to comprise 27 weight percent of the dry H-08 BEAD G material.

  18. Determination of Si/Al molar ratios in microporous zeolites using calibration-free laser induced breakdown spectroscopy

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    Horňáčková, M.; Horňáček, M.; Rakovský, J.; Hudec, P.; Veis, P.


    In this paper, the potential application of a calibration-free laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (CF-LIBS) method for the determination of the silicon-to-aluminum molar ratio in microporous zeolites (with both intermediate and high silica contents) is discussed. Three different zeolite types, i.e., mordenite and zeolites type Y and ZSM-5, were analyzed in this study and were shown to have Si/Al molar ratios in the range between 2.3 and 51.8. Many ionic and neutral atomic spectral lines of silicon and aluminum were detected in the measured LIBS spectra in the spectral range 200-1000 nm, but not all of the observed spectral lines are convenient for a CF-LIBS analysis. To increase the accuracy of the results, only lines with no or low self-absorption probability were selected. A systematic method is proposed to select spectral lines based on three main parameters: the transition probability (Einstein coefficient), the lower level energy of the observed transition and the number density ratio between singly ionized and neutral species (as calculated for Si and Al for the measured electron density and electron temperature). The calculated Si/Al molar ratios were close to that determined by wet chemical analysis with an average relative standard deviation of approximately 5% (maximum less than 15%). Our results point to the possibility of using CF-LIBS for analysis of these types of materials and for determination of Si/Al molar ratios.

  19. NO decomposition in non-reducing atmospheres. Technical progress report, June 1995--August 1995

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    Klier, K.; Herman, R.G.; Dedecek, J.


    Samples of Mn(II) Nafion, MN(II)-A zeolite, and various Co(II)-ZSM-5 zeolites were prepared by aqueous ion exchange techniques. Co(II)- and Mn(II)-containing ZSM-5, erionite, and mordenite were obtained from other sources. Co(II)-containing samples were studied by diffuse reflectance spectroscopy in the dehydrated state and after exposure to NO atmosphere. In addition, the magnetic susceptibilities of these samples were determined. It was shown that two NO molecules were adsorbed onto each Co(II) ion in ZSM-5 and erionite. The visible spectrum of these materials was complex and contained absorption bands corresponding to Co(II) ions in different coordination states. NO desorbed from Co(II) high silica zeolites at temperatures under 190{degrees}C, while it completely desorbed from Co(II) Nafion below 160{degrees}C. The catalytic activity of Co, Cu, and Mn Nafion samples for NO decomposition was probed, but no activity was observed. Optical absorption and luminescence studies are being initiated with Mn(II)-containing samples.

  20. Fixed-bed adsorption of toluene on high silica zeolites: experiments and mathematical modelling using LDF approximation and a multisite model.


    Brodu, Nicolas; Sochard, Sabine; Andriantsiferana, Caroline; Pic, Jean-Stphane; Manero, Marie-Hlne


    The adsorption of toluene (TOL) as a target volatile organic compound has been studied experimentally and modelled on various hydrophobic zeolites: Faujasite (FAU), ZSM-5 (Z) and Mordenite (MOR). The influence of the nature of the compensating cation (H+ or Na+) has also been investigated for ZSM-5 zeolite, which is known to possess three kinds of adsorption sites (sinusoidal channels, straight channels and intersections). Type I isotherms observed on FAU, Na-Z and MOR fitted well with the Langmuir model. A deviation from a type I isotherm was observed for H-Z, because of the structure of this zeolite. The Successive Langmuir Model was more successful to fit the 'bump' of the experimental curve than the Double Langmuir. Classical shapes were found for MOR, FAU and Na-Z breakthrough curves that were fitted with good accuracy using the Linear Driving Force (LDF) approximation. In the case of H-Z, a change of profile was observed during the dynamic adsorption and the differences seen between the Na-Z and H-Z behaviours were explained by the strong interactions between Na+ and adsorbed TOL at the intersection sites. The Na+ cations prevented reorientation of TOL molecules at the intersection and thereby avoided the filling of the sinusoidal channel segments. Thus, a specific model was developed for fitting the breakthrough curve of H-Z. The model developed took into account these two types of adsorption sites with the overall uptake for each site being given by an LDF approximation. PMID:25624172

  1. Xylose isomerization with zeolites in a two-step alcohol-water process.


    Paniagua, Marta; Saravanamurugan, Shunmugavel; Melian-Rodriguez, Mayra; Melero, Juan A; Riisager, Anders


    Isomerization of xylose to xylulose was efficiently catalyzed by large-pore zeolites in a two-step methanol-water process that enhanced the product yield significantly. The reaction pathway involves xylose isomerization to xylulose, which, in part, subsequently reacts with methanol to form methyl xyluloside (step 1) followed by hydrolysis after water addition to form additional xylulose (step 2). NMR spectroscopy studies performed with (13) C-labeled xylose confirmed the proposed reaction pathway. The most active catalyst examined was zeolite Y, which proved more active than zeolite beta, ZSM-5, and mordenite. The yield of xylulose obtained over H-USY (Si/Al=6) after 1 h of reaction at 100?C was 39%. After water hydrolysis in the second reaction step, the yield increased to 47%. Results obtained from pyridine adsorption studies confirm that H-USY (6) is a catalyst that combines Brnsted and Lewis acid sites, and isomerizes xylose in alcohol media to form xylulose at low temperature. The applied zeolites are commercially available; do not contain any auxiliary tetravalent metals, for example, tin, titanium, or zirconium; isomerize xylose efficiently; are easy to regenerate; and are prone to recycling. PMID:25703506


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    Andrew W. Wang


    Several classes of molecular sieves were investigated as methanol dehydration catalysts for the LPDME{trademark} (liquid-phase dimethyl ether) process. Molecular sieves offer a number of attractive features as potential catalysts for the conversion of methanol to DME. These include (1) a wide range of acid strengths, (2) diverse architectures and channel connectivities that provide latitude for steric control, (3) high active site density, (4) well-investigated syntheses and characterization, and (5) commercial availability in some cases. We directed our work in two areas: (1) a general exploration of the catalytic behavior of various classes of molecular sieves in the LPDME{trademark} system and (2) a focused effort to prepare and test zeolites with predominantly Lewis acidity. In our general exploration, we looked at such diverse materials as chabazites, mordenites, pentasils, SAPOs, and ALPOs. Our work with Lewis acidity sought to exploit the structural advantages of zeolites without the interfering effects of deleterious Broensted sites. We used zeolite Ultrastable Y (USY) as our base material because it possesses a high proportion of Lewis acid sites. This work was extended by modifying the USY through ion exchange to try to neutralize residual Broensted acidity.

  3. Effect of modifier Pd metal on hydrocracking of polyaromatic compounds over Ni-loaded Y-type zeolite and its application as hydrocracking of polyaromatic compounds over Ni-loaded Y-type zeolite and its application as hydrodesulfurization catalysts

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    Wada, T.; Murata, S.; Nomura, M.


    We have been studying the hydrocracking of polyaromatic compounds over Ni-loaded zeolite catalysts (ZSM-5, mordenite, and Y-type) and found the fact that pore size of zeolite exerts an interesting effect on product distribution. In this study, we have conducted the hydrocracking of pyrene using Pd-modified Ni-loaded Y-type zeolite as catalyst. Addition of Pd-metal activated Ni-loaded Y-type zeolite at a great extent. 100% conversion of pyrene was attained under milder conditions like at 325{degrees}C for 1 h (H{sub 2} 70 kg/cm{sup 2}) while Ni-loaded Y-type zeolite can attain 100% conversion at 350{degrees}C for 1 h. Detailed analysis of product distribution suggested us to apply this catalyst for the hydrodesulfurization of dibenzothiophene. We have conducted hydrocracking of dibenzothiophene at 300{degrees}C for 1 h and found that almost all of dibenzothiophene was hydrocracked while both Ni-loaded Y-type zeolite and Pd-loaded Y-type zeolite show about 10-15% of starting materials remained. This result clearly indicates that modifier Pd-metal shows a kind of synergy for hydrodesulfurization of dibenzothiophene.

  4. Status of radioiodine control for nuclear fuel reprocessing plants

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    Burger, L.L.; Scheele, R.D.


    This report summarizes the status of radioiodine control in a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant with respect to capture, fixation, and disposal. Where possible, we refer the reader to a number of survey documents which have been published in the last four years. We provide updates where necessary. Also discussed are factors which must be considered in developing criteria for iodine control. For capture from gas streams, silver mordenite and a silver nitrate impregnated silica (AC-6120) are considered state-of-the-art and are recommended. Three aqueous scrubbing processes have been demonstrated: Caustic scrubbing is simple but probably will not give an adequate iodine retention by itself. Mercurex (mercuric nitrate-nitric acid scrubbing) has a number of disadvantages including the use of toxic mercury. Iodox (hyperazeotropic nitric acid scrubbing) is effective but employs a very corrosive and hazardous material. Other technologies have been tested but require extensive development. The waste forms recommended for long-term storage or disposal are silver iodide, the iodates of barium, strontium, or calcium, and silver loaded sorbents, all fixed in cement. Copper iodide in bitumen (asphalt) is a possibility but requires testing. The selection of a specific form will be influenced by the capture process used.

  5. Potential of producing high octane additives and hydrogen from biomass-derived oils

    SciTech Connect

    Katikaneni, S.P.R.; Idem, R.O.; Bakhshi, N.N.


    In the early approach, the upgrading of biomass-derived oils (BDO) to hydrocarbons was carried out using typical hydrotreating catalysts such as Co-Mo/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The major drawback was the high operating cost due to the addition of hydrogen and high pressure requirements of the process. On the other hand, these studies have shown that the use of catalysts such as HZSM-5, HY, silicate, molecular sieves, silica-alumina and mordenite for upgrading such oils does not require hydrogen and can be performed at atmospheric pressure. Also, these studies have shown that the product slate can be dramatically altered by changing the characteristics or functionality of the catalyst. Furthermore, HZSM-5 and silica-alumina were found to be the most effective catalysts for producing aromatic and aliphatic hydrocarbons, respectively. This presentation includes the upgrading of BDO over HZSM-5, silica-alumina and HS-Mix (a physical mixture composed of 20 wt % HZSM-5 and 80 wt% silica-alumina) catalysts. The BDO was produced by rapid thermal processing (RTP) of a commercial oak sawdust. The upgrading of the oil was performed at atmospheric pressure in a fixed bed microreactor. Char, which was one of the products from this upgrading process, was found to be reactive. Steam gasification of this char was carried out at atmospheric pressure. The overall objective was to investigate the potential for the production of hydrogen and high octane additives from a biomass-derived oil.

  6. Resonance Raman spectroscopy and DFT calculations of the protonation of 4-(2-pyridylazo)- N, N-dimethylaniline in solution and adsorbed on oxide surfaces

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Dines, Trevor J.; MacGregor, Louise D.; Rochester, Colin H.


    The protonation of 4-(2-pyridylazo)- N, N-dimethylaniline (PYAD) in aqueous solution and its adsorption on oxide surfaces has been studied by resonance Raman (RR) spectroscopy. The gas phase structures of neutral, protonated and diprotonated forms of PYAD were modelled by SCF-DFT calculations at the B3-LYP/DZ level, enabling determination of the simulated vibrational spectra of these species, together with vibrational assignments, and providing confirmation that protonation occurs initially at the pyridyl nitrogen atom. Electronic absorption spectra were interpreted using time-dependent DFT calculations. Adsorption of PYAD on SiO 2 or Al 2O 3 surfaces is mainly via the neutral species, hydrogen bonded to surface OH groups, although a small proportion of adsorbed molecules are protonated. By contrast, adsorption on SiO 2-Al 2O 3 results in complete protonation, indicating the presence of Brnsted acidic sites with p Ka values ? 4.5, whereas adsorption on H-mordenite results in diprotonation, indicating the presence of Brnsted acidic sites with p Ka values ? 2.

  7. Petrology and hydrothermal mineralogy of U. S. Geological Survey Newberry 2 drill core from Newberry caldera, Oregon

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    Keith, T.E.C.; Bargar, K.E.


    U.S. Geological Survey Newberry 2 was drilled to a depth of 932 m within Newberry caldera. The bottom-hole temperature of 265/sup 0/C is the highest reported temperature of any drill hole in the Cascades region of the United States. The upper part of the stratigraphic section pentrated by Newberry 2 consists of caldera fill below which are increasingly more mafic lavas ranging from rhyodacite at 501 m to basalt at 932 m. Measured temperatures shallower than 300 m are less than 35/sup 0/C, and rock alteration consists of hydration of glass and local palagonitization of basaltic tuffs. Incipient zeolitization and partial smectite replacement of ash and pumice occurred throughout the pumiceous lithic tuffs from 300 to 500 m. Higher-temperature alteration of the tuffs to chlorite and mordenite occurs adjacent to a rhyodacite sill at 460--470 m; alteration minerals within the sill consist of pyrrhotite, pyrite, quartz, calcite, and siderite. Below 697 m the rocks are progressively more altered with depth mainly because of increased temperature along a conductive gradient from 100/sup 0/C at 697 m to 265/sup 0/C at 930 m. Fluid inclusions in quartz and calcite indicate that temperature in the past have been higher than at present, most likely due to local confining pressures between impermeable lava flows.

  8. Evaluation of dust-related health hazards associated with air coring at G-Tunnel, Nevada Test Site

    SciTech Connect

    Skaggs, B.J.; Ortiz, L.W.; Burton, D.J.; Isom, B.L.; Vigil, E.A.


    The Yucca Mountain Project was established to evaluate the potential for storing high-level radioactive wastes in geologic formations. Hydrologists recommended that drilling or coring in support of characterization tests be performed dry. Dry drilling, or air coring, presents a concern about health protection for the drilling personnel. The rock generally has a high silica content, and natural zeolites are abundant. Some zeolites are fibrous, leading to concerns that inhalation may result in asbestos-like lung diseases. An industrial hygiene study (IH) was conducted as part of an air coring technical feasibility test. The IH study found the potential for exposures to airborne silica and nuisance dusts to be within regulatory requirements and determined the commercial dust control equipment monitored to be effective when used in conjunction with a good area ventilation system and sound IH practices. Fibrous zeolites were not detected. Recommendations for the Yucca Mountain studies are (1) dust collection and control equipment equivalent or superior to that monitored must be used for any dry drilling activity and must be used with good general dilution ventilation and local exhaust ventilation provided on major emission sources; (2) good industrial hygiene work practices must be implemented, including monitoring any area where zeolitic fibers are suspect; and (3) a study should be conducted to determine the biological effects of the fibrous zeolite, mordenite. 25 refs., 17 figs., 14 tabs.

  9. Lithology, mineralogy, and paleontology of Quaternary lake deposits in Long Valley Caldera, California

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Fournier, R.B.


    Drill cores and cuttings from two drill holes, about 3 km apart, in Long Valley caldera, Mono County, California, were studied using x-ray diffraction and optical methods. A thick sequence of tuffs and lake sediments was encountered in LVCH-1 (1,000 ft deep) and Republic well 66-29 (6,920 ft deep), drilled in the southeast part of the Long Valley caldera. Ostracods, diatoms, and isotopic data indicate that the sediments and tuffs were deposited in a shallow caldera lake which changed in salinity over time. Conditions ranged from very saline in the older lake to fresh in the youngest. The sequence of secondary minerals from top to bottom is: clinoptilolite, mordenite, analcime, K-feldspar (and albite). In some geothermal systems, this sequence of secondary minerals is a function of temperature; however, the paleontological and isotopic data indicate that the change in secondary minerals with increasing depth is due to the older strata being deposited in a more saline environment. No mineralogical evidence of hydrothermal alteration is present, although the high lithium content of some clays and feldspars and the isotopic composition of some sulfate (gypsum) seems to require a hydrothermal source. (Lantz-PTT)

  10. Low sintering temperature glass waste forms for sequestering radioactive iodine


    Nenoff, Tina M.; Krumhansl, James L.; Garino, Terry J.; Ockwig, Nathan W.


    Materials and methods of making low-sintering-temperature glass waste forms that sequester radioactive iodine in a strong and durable structure. First, the iodine is captured by an adsorbant, which forms an iodine-loaded material, e.g., AgI, AgI-zeolite, AgI-mordenite, Ag-silica aerogel, ZnI.sub.2, CuI, or Bi.sub.5O.sub.7I. Next, particles of the iodine-loaded material are mixed with powdered frits of low-sintering-temperature glasses (comprising various oxides of Si, B, Bi, Pb, and Zn), and then sintered at a relatively low temperature, ranging from C. to C. The sintering converts the mixed powders into a solid block of a glassy waste form, having low iodine leaching rates. The vitrified glassy waste form can contain as much as 60 wt % AgI. A preferred glass, having a sintering temperature of C. (below the silver iodide sublimation temperature of C.) was identified that contains oxides of boron, bismuth, and zinc, while containing essentially no lead or silicon.

  11. Removal efficiency of water purifier and adsorbent for iodine, cesium, strontium, barium and zirconium in drinking water.


    Sato, Itaru; Kudo, Hiroaki; Tsuda, Shuji


    The severe incident of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station has caused radioactive contamination of environment including drinking water. Radioactive iodine, cesium, strontium, barium and zirconium are hazardous fission products because of the high yield and/or relatively long half-life. In the present study, 4 pot-type water purifiers and several adsorbents were examined for the removal effects on these elements from drinking water. Iodide, iodate, cesium and barium were removed by all water purifiers with efficiencies about 85%, 40%, 75-90% and higher than 85%, respectively. These efficiencies lasted for 200 l, which is near the recommended limits for use of filter cartridges, without decay. Strontium was removed with initial efficiencies from 70% to 100%, but the efficiencies were slightly decreased by use. Zirconium was removed by two models, but hardly removed by the other models. Synthetic zeolite A4 efficiently removed cesium, strontium and barium, but had no effect on iodine and zirconium. Natural zeolite, mordenite, removed cesium with an efficiency as high as zeolite A4, but the removal efficiencies for strontium and barium were far less than those of zeolite A4. Activated carbon had little removal effects on these elements. In case of radioactive contamination of tap water, water purifiers may be available for convenient decontamination of drinking water in the home. PMID:22129747

  12. Kinetics of silica-phase transitions

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    Duffy, C.J.


    In addition to the stable silica polymorph quartz, several metastable silica phases are present in Yucca Mountain. The conversion of these phases to quartz is accompanied by volume reduction and a decrease in the aqueous silica activity, which may destabilize clinoptilolite and mordenite. The primary reaction sequence for the silica phases is from opal or glass to disordered opal-CT, followed by ordering of the opal-CT and finally by the crystallization of quartz. The ordering of opal-CT takes place in the solid state, whereas the conversion of opal-CT takes place through dissolution-reprecipitation involving the aqueous phase. It is proposed that the rate of conversion of opal-CT to quartz is controlled by diffusion of defects out of a disordered surface layer formed on the crystallizing quartz. The reaction rates are observed to be dependent on temperature, pressure, degree of supersaturation, and pH. Rate equations selected from the literature appear to be consistent with observations at Yucca Mountain.

  13. Savannah River Laboratory monthly report

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    Not Available


    Brief summaries are given in the areas of defense waste and laboratory operations, nuclear reactors and scientific computation, and chemical processes and environmental technology. The performance of waste glass samples has been tested. A prototype Pu-238 waste incinerator is being tested. A monitor system is being developed to allow unattended computer system operation. A program to review and update the Reactor Technical Standards and Specifications is in progress. Analysis of a medium LOCA in a reactor D/sub 2/O coolant system is reported. Preliminary results are given for alternative degreasers. Modernization of a JOSHUA computer system is reported. The safety of a fuel tube fabrication building is discussed. The program to evaluate reactor materials is summarized. A design has been developed for a silver-mordenite packed bed reactor to remove radioactive iodine from uranium fuel dissolver off-gas. Automated online analyzers were developed. Ground-penetrating radar has been evaluated. The safety of two space probes powered by plutonium dioxide thermal generators was evaluated. (LEW)

  14. Association of Indigo with Zeolites for Improved Color Stabilization

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Dejoie, Catherine; Martinetto, Pauline; Dooryhe, Eric; van Elslande, Elsa; Blanc, Sylvie; Bordat, Patrice; Brown, Ross; Porcher, Florence; Anne, Michel


    The durability of an organic colour and its resistance against external chemical agents and exposure to light can be significantly enhanced by hybridizing the natural dye with a mineral. In search for stable natural pigments, the present work focuses on the association of indigo blue with several zeolitic matrices (LTA zeolite, mordenite, MFI zeolite). The manufacturing of the hybrid pigment is tested under varying oxidising conditions, using Raman and UV-visible spectrometric techniques. Blending indigo with MFI is shown to yield the most stable composite in all of our artificial indigo pigments. In absence of defects and substituted cations such as aluminum in the framework of the MFI zeolite matrix, we show that matching the pore size with the dimensions of the guest indigo molecule is the key factor. The evidence for the high colour stability of indigo@MFI opens a new path for modeling the stability of indigo in various alumino-silicate substrates such as in the historical Maya Blue pigment.

  15. Ion exchange in a zeolite-molten chloride system

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    Woodman, R.H.; Pereira, C.


    Electrometallurgical treatment of spent nuclear fuel results in a secondary waste stream of radioactive fission products dissolved in chloride salt. Disposal plans include a waste form that can incorporate chloride forms featuring one or more zeolites consolidated with sintered glass. A candidate method for incorporating fission products in the zeolites is passing the contaminated salt over a zeolite column for ion exchange. To date, the molten chloride ion-exchange properties of four zeolites have been investigated for this process: zeolite A, IE95{reg_sign}, clinoptilolite, and mordenite. Of these, zeolite A has been the most promising. Treating zeolite 4A, the sodium form of zeolite A , with the solvent salt for the waste stream-lithium-potassium chloride of eutectic melting composition, is expected to provide a material with favorable ion-exchange properties for the treatment of the waste salt. The authors constructed a pilot-plant system for the ion-exchange column. Initial results indicate that there is a direct relationship between the two operating variable of interest, temperature, and initial sodium concentration. Also, the mass ratio has been about 3--5 to bring the sodium concentration of the effluent below 1 mol%.

  16. Oxidative regeneration of toluene-saturated natural zeolite by gaseous ozone: the influence of zeolite chemical surface characteristics.


    Alejandro, Serguei; Valdés, Héctor; Manéro, Marie-Hélène; Zaror, Claudio A


    In this study, the effect of zeolite chemical surface characteristics on the oxidative regeneration of toluene saturated-zeolite samples is investigated. A Chilean natural zeolite (53% clinoptilolite, 40% mordenite and 7% quartz) was chemically modified by acid treatment with hydrochloric acid and by ion-exchange with ammonium sulphate. Thermal pre-treatments at 623 and 823K were applied and six zeolite samples with different chemical surface characteristics were generated. Chemical modification of natural zeolite followed by thermal out-gassing allows distinguishing the role of acidic surface sites on the regeneration of exhausted zeolites. An increase in Brønsted acid sites on zeolite surface is observed as a result of ammonium-exchange treatment followed by thermal treatment at 623K, thus increasing the adsorption capacity toward toluene. High ozone consumption could be associated to a high content of Lewis acid sites, since these could decompose ozone into atomic active oxygen species. Then, surface oxidation reactions could take part among adsorbed toluene at Brønsted acid sites and surface atomic oxygen species, reducing the amount of adsorbed toluene after the regenerative oxidation with ozone. Experimental results show that the presence of adsorbed oxidation by-products has a negative impact on the recovery of zeolite adsorption capacity. PMID:24794812

  17. Reaction-path calculations of groundwater chemistry and mineral formation at Rainier Mesa, Nevada

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    Kerrisk, J F


    Reaction-patch calculations of groundwater chemistry and mineral formation at Rainier Mesa, Nevada, have been done using a model of volcanic-glass dissolution by water that is initially saturated with CO{sub 2}. In the reaction-path calculation, rate processes control the availability of species through dissolution of volcanic glass, and equilibrium processes distribute the species between the aqueous phase and mineral phases in equilibrium at each step in the reaction path. The EQ3/6 chemical-equilibrium programs were used for the calculation. Formation constants were estimated for three zeolites (clinoptilolite, mordenite, and heulandite), so they could be considered as possible mineral precipitates. The first stage of mineral evolution, from volcanic glass to a cristobalite, smectite clay, and zeolite mixture, was modeled quite well. Predicted aqueous-phase compositions and precipitates agree with observations at Rainier Mesa and other Nevada Test Site areas. Further mineral evolution, to quartz, clay, analcime, and albite mixtures, was also modeled. Decreasing aqueous silica activity from the first stage, where cristobalite precipitates, to later stages, where quartz is present, was the controlling variable in the mineral evolution. 30 references, 20 figures, 4 tables.

  18. Petrology and hydrothermal mineralogy of US Geological Survey Newberry 2 drill core from Newberry Caldera, Oregon

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Keith, T.E.C.; Bargar, K.E.


    USGS Newberry 2 was drilled to a depth of 932 m within Newberry caldera. The bottom-hole temperature of 265??C is the highest reported temperature of any drill hole in the Cascades region of the US. The upper part of the stratigraphic section penetrated by Newberry 2 consists of caldera fill below which are increasingly more mafic lavas ranging from rhyodacite at 501 m to basalt at 932 m. Measured temperatures shallower than 300 m are less than 35??C, and rock alteration consists of hydration of glass and local palagonitization of basaltic tuffs. Incipient zeolitization and partial smectite replacement of ash and pumice occurred of basaltic tuffs. Incipient zeolitization and partial smectite replacement of ash and pumice occurred throughout the pumiceous lithic tuffs from 300 to 500 m. Higher-temperature alteration of the tuffs to chlorite and mordenite occurs adjacent to a rhyodacite sill at 460-470 m; alteration minerals within the sill consist of pyrrhotite, pyrite, quartz, calcite, and siderite. Below 697 m the rocks are progressively more altered with depth mainly because of increased temperature along a conductive gradient from 100??C at 697 m to 265??C at 930 m. -from Authors

  19. AGATE as an indicator of impact structures: an example from Saaksjarvi, Finland

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kinnunen, Kari A.; Lindqvist, Kristian


    Mineralogical, petrographical and chemical determinations were made for 743 agate (banded variety of chalcedonic quartz) nodules (diameters from 5 mm to 5 cm) formed during post-impact, low-temperature hydrothermal activity as vesicle fillings in the melt rocks of the Saaksjarvi meteorite impact structure (diameter 5 km) in SW-Finland. Other hydrothermal vesicle fillings in the impact melt rocks include chlorite, mordenite, smectite and kaolinite. The agates were classified into two types, whose mineralogical properties and chemical compositions fall within the range of volcanic agates (basaltic and rhyolitic host rocks). The relatively high age (about 510 Ma) of the Saaksjarvi impact melt rocks, however, is reflected by the presence of recrystallization textures, which are rare in younger volcanic agates. The Saaksjarvi structure was initially located after following the fortuitous discovery of agate "path-finders" in the glacial overburden. It is recommended that wherever volcanic type agates are found as float in Precambrian shield areas devoid of younger volcanic rocks, the possible presence of impact (or volcanic) craters in the vicinity should be considered.

  20. Incredible antibacterial activity of noble metal functionalized magnetic core-zeolitic shell nanostructures.


    Padervand, M; Janatrostami, S; Karanji, A Kiani; Gholami, M R


    Functionalized magnetic core-zeolitic shell nanostructures were prepared by hydrothermal and coprecipitation methods. The products were characterized by Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectra, nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms, and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). The growth of mordenite nanoparticles on the surface of silica coated nickel ferrite nanoparticles in the presence of organic templates was also confirmed. Antibacterial activity of the prepared nanostructures was investigated by the inactivation of Escherichia coli as a gram negative bacterium. A new mechanism was proposed for inactivation of E. coli over the prepared samples. In addition, the Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) and reuse ability were studied. TEM images of the destroyed cell wall after the treatment time were performed to illustrate the inactivation mechanism. According to the experimental results, the core-shell nanostructures which were modified by organic agents and then functionalized with noble metal nanoparticles were the most active. The interaction of the noble metals with the organic components on the surface of nanostructures was studied theoretically and the obtained results were used to interpret the experimental results. PMID:24411359

  1. Mechanism of neopentane cracking over solid acids

    SciTech Connect

    Lombardo, E.A.; Pierantozzi, R.; Hall, W.K.


    Neopentane was used as a probe to test whether catalyst protons can attack the C-C and/or the C-H sigma-bonds in the cracking of alkanes. Over a variety of solid acids approximately one CH/sub 4/ molecule was formed for every neopentane reacted. Moreover, in most cases nearly as much isobutene was formed. With H-Y zeolite (H-Y) and particularly with H-mordenite (H-M), however, hydride transfer leading to paraffin formation became important or dominant. Generally, the results conformed to (CH/sub 3/)/sub 3/C-H/sup +/-CH/sub 3/ ..-->.. CH/sub 4/ + (CH/sub 3/)/sub 3/C/sup +/ with the t-butyl ion either decomposing to isobutene or else undergoing secondary reactions. The latter tended to increase with the intensive factor of the acidity, i.e., with the strength of the acid-base interaction. The fraction of neopentane converted to CH/sub 4/, when plotted in the Arrhenius fashion against T/sup -1/, produced straight lines from which apparent activation energies could be calculated. Values obtained fell between 30 kcal/mol for silica-alumina and 14 kcal/mol for H-M (the most acidic and active catalyst investigated). Controversial views found in current literature are discussed in light of the present results.

  2. Thermodynamic modeling of natural zeolite stability

    SciTech Connect

    Chipera, S.J.; Bish, D.L.


    Zeolites occur in a variety of geologic environments and are used in numerous agricultural, commercial, and environmental applications. It is desirable to understand their stability both to predict future stability and to evaluate the geochemical conditions resulting in their formation. The use of estimated thermodynamic data for measured zeolite compositions allows thermodynamic modeling of stability relationships among zeolites in different geologic environments (diagenetic, saline and alkaline lakes, acid rock hydrothermal, basic rock, deep sea sediments). This modeling shows that the relative cation abundances in both the aqueous and solid phases, the aqueous silica activity, and temperature are important factors in determining the stable zeolite species. Siliceous zeolites (e.g., clinoptilolite, mordenite, erionite) present in saline and alkaline lakes or diagenetic deposits formed at elevated silica activities. Aluminous zeolites (e.g., natrolite, mesolite/scolecite, thomsonite) formed in basic rocks in association with reduced silica activities. Likewise, phillipsite formation is favored by reduced aqueous silica activities. The presence of erionite, chabazite, and phillipsite are indicative of environments with elevated potassium concentrations. Elevated temperature, calcic water conditions, and reduced silica activity help to enhance the laumontite and wairakite stability fields. Analcime stability increases with increased temperature and aqueous Na concentration, and/or with decreased silica activity.

  3. Removal of water and iodine by solid sorbents: adsorption isotherms and kinetics

    SciTech Connect

    Lin, R.; Tavlarides, L.L.


    Tritium and iodine-129 are two major radioactive elements that are present in off-gases from spent fuel reprocessing plants. Adsorption by solid sorbents is the state-of-the-art technique for removal of these species from off-gases. Modeling and simulating adsorption processes require accurate adsorption equilibrium and kinetic data to permit reasonable estimates of process parameters. We have developed a continuous flow single-pellet adsorption system to gather accurate adsorption equilibrium and kinetic data for adsorption of water by molecular sieve 3A and for adsorption of iodine by silver exchanged mordenite. In this paper, the design of the water and iodine adsorption experimental systems are briefly described and results of water adsorption experiments are presented and discussed. Water uptake curves are fitted with the linear-driving force (LDF) model and the shrinking-core model to determine kinetic parameters. It is shown that the kinetics of water adsorption on zeolite 3A under current experimental conditions is controlled by both the external film resistance and the macro-pore diffusion and can be predicted by both the LDF model and the shrinking-core model with the former one performing slightly better. Preliminary results from iodine adsorption experiments will be presented in the conference.

  4. Aging and iodine loading of silver-functionalized aerogels

    SciTech Connect

    Bruffey, S.H.; Jubin, R.T.; Anderson, K.K.; Walker, J.F.


    Engineered silver-functionalized silica aerogels are being investigated for their potential application in off-gas treatment at a used nuclear fuel reprocessing facility. Reprocessing will release several key volatile radionuclides, including iodine-129. To achieve regulatory compliance, iodine-129 must be removed from any off-gas stream prior to environmental discharge. Ag{sup 0}-functionalized aerogels have been demonstrated to have high iodine-capture capacity, high porosity, and potential for conversion into a waste form. Capture materials used in off-gas treatment may be exposed to a heated, high-humidity, acidic gas stream for months. Extended exposure to this stream could affect sorbent performance. It was the aim of this study to evaluate what impacts might be observed when Ag{sup 0}-functionalized aerogels prepared at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory were contacted with a dry air stream for up to 6 months and then used to adsorb iodine from a synthetic off-gas stream. Results demonstrate that there is some loss of iodine-capture capacity caused by aging, but that this loss is not as marked as for aging of more traditional iodine sorbents, such as silver-impregnated mordenite. Specifically, aging silver-functionalized aerogel under a dry air stream for up to 6 months can decrease its iodine capacity from 41 wt% to 32 wt%. (authors)

  5. Determine Minimum Silver Flake Addition to GCM for Iodine Loaded AgZ

    SciTech Connect

    Garino, Terry J.; Nenoff, Tina M.; Rodriguez, Mark A.


    The minimum amount of silver flake required to prevent loss of I{sub 2} during sintering in air for a SNL Glass Composite Material (GCM) Waste Form containing AgI-MOR (ORNL, 8.7 wt%) was determined to be 1.1 wt% Ag. The final GCM composition prior to sintering was 20 wt% AgI-MOR, 1.1 wt% Ag, and 80 wt% Bi-Si oxide glass. The amount of silver flake needed to suppress iodine loss was determined using thermo gravimetric analysis with mass spectroscopic off-gas analysis. These studies found that the ratio of silver to AgI-MOR required is lower in the presence of the glass than without it. Therefore an additional benefit of the GCM is that it serves to inhibit some iodine loss during processing. Alternatively, heating the AgI-MOR in inert atmosphere instead of air allowed for densified GCM formation without I{sub 2} loss, and no necessity for the addition of Ag. The cause of this behavior is found to be related to the oxidation of the metallic Ag to Ag{sup +} when heated to above ~300{degrees}C in air. Heating rate, iodine loading levels and atmosphere are the important variables that determine AgI migration and results suggest that AgI may be completely incorporated into the mordenite structure by the 550{degrees}C sintering temperature.


    SciTech Connect

    Bruffey, Stephanie H; Jubin, Robert Thomas; Anderson, Kaara K; Walker Jr, Joseph Franklin


    Engineered silver-functionalized silica aerogels are being investigated for their application in off-gas treatment at a used nuclear fuel reprocessing facility. Reprocessing will release several key volatile radionuclides, including iodine-129. To achieve regulatory compliance, iodine-129 must be removed from any off-gas stream prior to environmental discharge. Silver-functionalized aerogels have been demonstrated to have high iodine capture capacity, high porosity and potential for conversion into a waste form. Capture materials used in off-gas treatment may be exposed to a heated, high humidity, acidic gas stream for months. Extended exposure to this stream could affect sorbent performance. It was the aim of this study to evaluate what impacts might be observed when Ag0-functionalized aerogels prepared at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory were contacted with a dry air stream for up to 6 months and then used to adsorb iodine from a synthetic off-gas stream. Results demonstrate that there is some loss of iodine capture capacity caused by aging, but that this loss is not as marked as for aging of more traditional iodine sorbents, such as silver-impregnated mordenite. Specifically, aging silver-functionalized aerogel under a dry air stream for up to 6 months can decrease its iodine capacity from 41wt% to 32wt%.

  7. Optical response of Cu clusters in zeolite template.


    Lpez-Bastidas, Catalina; Petranovskii, Vitalii; Machorro, Roberto


    Optical properties of Cu clusters embedded in mordenite are studied experimentally and theoretically. In this work we discuss spectral features of the system at various reduction steps and compare then with the results of spectra obtained within a theoretical model. The model employed consists of Cu clusters embedded in a homogeneous matrix. A second model employed introduced further variation considering a three component system where air or water can be present. The macroscopic dielectric response of the system is obtained within the Maxwell Garnett approximation. In this approach the complex non-local in homogeneous dielectric response of the zeolite+copper system is replaced by an effective homogeneous dielectric function. Metallic clusters can occupy specific available cavities in the zeolite framework. The presence of clusters that are smaller than the cavities in which they reside can lead to an air-Cu or water-Cu interface which allows shifts in surface plasmon resonance energies. As observed experimentally the energy of the main resonance is seen to be insensitive to the filling fraction ratios and highly susceptible to the embedding matrix properties. Reflectance spectra have been obtained which can be explained within this model. PMID:22440728

  8. Initial Effects of NOx on Idodine and Methyl Iodine Loading of AgZ and Aerogels

    SciTech Connect

    Bruffey, Stephanie H.; Jubin, Robert Thomas


    This initial evaluation provides insight into the effect of NO on the adsorption of both I2 and CH3I onto reduced silver-exchanged mordenite (Ag0Z). It was determined that adsorption of CH3I onto Ag0Z occurs at approximately 50% of the rate of I2 adsorption onto Ag0Z, although total iodine capacities are comparable. Addition of 1% NO to the simulated off-gas stream results in very similar loading behaviors and iodine capacities for both iodine species. This is most likely an effect of CH3I oxidation to I2 by NO prior to contact with the sorbent bed. Completion of tests including NO2 in the simulated off-gas stream was delayed due to vendor NO2 production schedules. A statistically designed test matrix is partially completed, and upon conclusion of the suggested experiments, the effects of temperature, NO, NO2, and water vapor on the sorption of CH3I and I2 onto Ag0Z will be able to be statistically resolved. This work represents progress towards that aim.

  9. Adsorption tests of water vapor on synthetic zeolites for an atmospheric detritiation dryer

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kim, K. R.; Lee, M. S.; Paek, S.; Yim, S. P.; Ahn, D. H.; Chung, H.


    Tritiated hydrogen and hydrocarbon are usually oxidized to a tritiated water vapor to make the tritium adsorbable and easy to treat. The adsorption system as a subsequent process plays an important role in a tritium recovery and its performance affects the overall detritiation efficiency significantly. In order to quantify an adsorbent's utilization and its dynamic capacity against an inlet humidity and a flow rate, a series of quantitative tests based on the breakthrough behavior were carried out in an isothermal fixed bed of synthetic zeolites such as molecular sieve 4A, 5A, 13X and mordenite. The amount of water vapor breaking during the adsorption was estimated to provide a breakthrough capacity at the various inlet flow rates and humidity conditions. The molecular sieve 13X exhibited a better adsorption performance at a given bed height. The existence of CO 2 in a humid atmosphere had a minor effect on the net adsorption capacity and the hydrogen isotopic water (HDO) in the elution stream showed a delayed behavior during a thermal desorption.

  10. NO decomposition in non-reducing atmospheres. Final report, September 1993--February 1997

    SciTech Connect


    Co(II)NH{sub 4}-erionite zeolites with cobalt contents varying from 0.002 to 8.2 wt% of Co(II) were prepared, and the samples were studied via diffuse reflectance spectroscopy in the UV-VIS-NIR region and measurement of magnetic moments of the Co ions. Samples of Co(II)-ZSM-5 zeolites were also prepared and studied via diffuse reflectance spectroscopy after being dehydrated at 350 and 525 C and after adsorption of carbon monoxide, water, and ethylene. NO adsorption/desorption studies were carried out, and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy was utilized to monitor the spectral changes that occurred during adsorption of NO on the Co(II) cations, which was observed to occur after dehydration treatments at 350 C and 525 C. In selective catalytic reduction of NO by methane, it was observed that Co-mordenite and Co-ferrierite exhibited the highest % NO converted to products and selectivity toward N{sub 2} formation, but Co-A zeolite and Co-erionite yielded the highest selectivities to NO{sub 2} formation. Co-ZSM-5 zeolite exhibited an intermediate behavior.

  11. Mineral precipitation on modern siliciclastic tidal flats colonized by microbial mats

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    Cuadrado, Diana G.; Carmona, Noelia B.; Bournod, Constanza N.


    The preservation and cementation of sedimentary structures under the influence of microorganisms in siliciclastic environments have been poorly studied in contrast to carbonatic settings, where they have been extensively investigated. Whereas in carbonatic environments, microbial mat-induced precipitation of calcium carbonate results in a cementation process producing a quick lithification, in siliciclastic environments other minerals would act as cement. The focus of this paper is to document the presence of authigenic minerals within a biosedimentary fabrics and the possible link of these minerals with the extensive microbial mats that colonize the tidal flat of the temperate Baha Blanca estuary. "Anoxic" minerals (e.g. pyrite) and authigenic zeolites such as analcime, clinoptilolite, mordenite, phillipsite and chabazite were recognized through SEM and EDX analyses. These minerals were most likely formed by alteration of volcanic ash, which is present in this tidal flat and also silica may result from dissolution of frustules of benthic diatoms. Minerals precipitated in this setting are significant as they would act as early cement in the eogenesis, enhancing the preservation of sedimentary and biogenic structures.

  12. Investigation on NOx adsorption in [M?]-MAPO-5 (M = Si, Ti; M? = Ag, Cu) by density functional theory calculation

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    Liu, Jiexiang; Zhang, Xiaoguang


    NO, N2O and NO2 adsorption in [M?]-MAPO-5 (M = Si, Ti; M? = Ag, Cu) models of the modified aluminophosphate molecular sieves was investigated by density functional theory (DFT) method. The equilibrium structural parameters and adsorption energies were obtained and compared. The structural parameters of NO and NO2 in the adsorbed state had a distinct change than that of N2O compared to their free gas state. [M?]-MAPO-5 was more effective for the activation of NOx molecule compared to [M?]-AlMOR (M? = Ag, Cu) models of the modified mordenite in our previous studies. The adsorption energies data indicated that adsorption strength of NOx followed the decreasing order of NO2 > NO > N2O. And adsorption complexes in ?1-N mode were much stabler than that in ?1-O mode, which was similar to that in [M?]-AlMOR. [Cu]-MAPO-5 had a much stronger adsorption for NOx than [Ag]-MAPO-5. And [M?]-SiMOR had a little stronger adsorption for NOx than [M?]-TiMOR. Furthermore, the resistance capabilities of [M?]-MAPO-5 to SO2, H2O and O2 were studied and analyzed. The interaction mechanism of NOx adsorption in [M?]-MAPO-5 was also discussed by natural bond orbital (NBO) analysis, which was in reasonable agreement with the adsorption interaction strengths.

  13. Novel sorbent development and evaluation for the capture of krypton and xenon from nuclear fuel reprocessing off-gas stream

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    Garn, T.G.; Greenhalgh, M.R.; Law, J.D.


    The release of volatile radionuclides generated during Used Nuclear Fuel reprocessing in the US will most certainly need to be controlled to meet US regulatory emission limits. A US DOE sponsored Off-Gas Sigma Team has been tasked with a multi-lab collaborative research and development effort to investigate and evaluate emissions and immobilization control technologies for the volatile radioactive species generated from commercial Used Nuclear Fuel (UNF) Reprocessing. Physical Adsorption technology is a simpler and potential economical alternative to cryogenic distillation processes that can be used for the capture of krypton and xenon and has resulted in a novel composite sorbent development procedure using synthesized mordenite as the active material. Utilizing the sorbent development procedure, Idaho National Laboratory sigma team members have developed two composite sorbents that have been evaluated for krypton and xenon capacities at ambient and 191 K temperature using numerous test gas compositions. Adsorption isotherms have been generated to predict equilibration and maximum capacities enabling modeling to support process equipment scale-up. (authors)

  14. Characterization of Binary Ag-Cu Ion Mixtures in Zeolites: Their Reduction Products and Stability to Air Oxidation

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    Fiddy, Steven; Petranovskii, Vitalii; Ogden, Steve; Iznaga, Inocente Rodrguez


    A series of Ag+-Cu2+ binary mixtures with different Ag/Cu ratios were supported on mordenite with different Si/Al ratios and were subsequently reduced under hydrogen in the temperature range 323K - 473K. Ag and Cu K-edge X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) was conducted on these systems in-situ to monitor the reduction species formed and the kinetics of their reduction. In-situ XANES clearly demonstrates that the formation of silver particles is severely impeded by the addition of copper and that the copper is converted from Cu(II) to Cu(I) during reduction and completely reverts back to Cu(II) during cooling. There are no indications at any stage of the formation of bimetallic Ag-Cu clusters. Interestingly, the Ag/Cu ratio appears to have no influence of the reduction kinetics and reduction products formed with only the highest Si/Al ratio (MR = 128) investigated during this study having an influence on the reduction and stability to air oxidation.

  15. Growth of Megaspherulites In a Rhyolitic Vitrophyre

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    Smith, Robert K.; Tremallo, Robin L.; Lofgren, Gary E.


    Megaspherulites occur in the middle zone of a thick sequence of rhyolitic vitrophyre that occupies a small, late Eocene to early Oligocene volcanic-tectonic basin near Silver Cliff, Custer County, Colorado. Diameters of the megaspherulites range from 0.3 m to over 3.66 m, including a clay envelope. The megaspherulites are compound spherulites. consisting of an extremely large number (3.8 x 10(exp 9) to 9.9 x 10(exp 9)) of individual growth cones averaging 3 mm long by 1.25 mm wide at their termination. They are holocrystalline, very fine- to fine-grained, composed of disordered to ordered sanidine (orthoclase) and quartz, and surrounded by a thin K-feldspar, quartz rich rind, an inner clay layer with mordenite, and an outer clay layer composed wholly of 15 A montmorillonite. Whole rock analyses of the megaspherulites show a restricted composition from their core to their outer edge, with an average analyses of 76.3% SiO2, 0.34% CaO, 2.17% Na2O, 6.92% K2O, 0.83% H2O+ compared to the rhyolitic vitrophyre from which they crystallize with 71.07% SiO2, 0.57% CaO, 4.06% Na2O,4.l0% K2O, and 6.40% H2O+. The remaining oxides of Fe2O3 (total Fe), A12O3, MnO,MgO, TiO2, P2O5, Cr2O3, and trace elements show uniform distribution between the megaspherulites and the rhyolitic vitrophyre. Megaspherulite crystallization began soon after the rhyolitic lava ceased to flow as the result of sparse heterogeneous nucleation, under nonequilibrium conditions, due to a high degree of undercooling, delta T. The crystals grow with a fibrous habit which is favored by a large delta T ranging between 245 C and 295 C, despite lowered viscosity, and enhanced diffusion due to the high H2O content, ranging between 5% and 7%. Therefore, megaspherulite growth proceeded in a diffusion controlled manner, where the diffusion, rate lags behind the crystal growth rate at the crystal-liquid interface, restricting fibril lengths and diameters to the 10 micron to 15 micron and 3 micron and 8 micron ranges respectively. Once diffusion reestablishes itself at the crystallization front, a new nucleation event occurs at the terminated tips of the fibril cones and a new cone begins to develop with a similar orientation (small angle branching) to the earlier cones. During crystallization, these fibril cones impinge upon each other, resulting in fibril cone-free areas. These cone-free areas consist of coarser, fine-grained phases, dominated by quartz, which crystallized from the melt as it accumulated between the crystallizing K-feldspar fibrils of the cones. The anhydrous nature of the disordered to ordered sanidine (orthoclase) and quartz, suggests that water in the vitrophyre moved ahead of the crystallization front, resulting in a water rich fluid being enriched in Si, K, Na, Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba, and Y. The clay layers associated with the megaspherulites are therefore, the result of the deuteric alteration between the fractionated water and the vitrophyre, as indicated by the presence of the minerals mordenite and montmorillonite. This silica rich fluid also resulted in the total silicification of the megaspherulites within the upper 3 m of the vitrophyre.

  16. Single-column-based absorption process for treating dissolver off-gas

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    Eby, R.S.; Little, D.K.; Merriman, J.R.; Stephenson, M.J.


    The fluorocarbon absorption process for krypton and xenon removal from dissolver off-gas is based on exploitation of solubility differences which exist among noble gases and other gas-phase constituents in the fluorocarbon solvent dichlorofluoromethane (refrigerant-12). Process performance and reliability have been demonstrated on an engineering scale with over 10 years of pilot plant operation, including testing with /sup 85/Kr, /sup 133/Xe, and /sup 131/I. The culmination of this work is a single-column design which results in a simplified process with improved reliability and lower cost. Data are presented summarizing recent single-column development activities. These include data plots depicting decontamination factor vs feed gas flow rate, DF vs process absorption factor (kG/L), and location of the concentration peak via the solvent flow rate. In general, 99% removal is easily obtainable for Kr, Xe, and CO/sub 2/ while attaining concentration factors on the order of 10/sup 3/ to 10/sup 4/. Further concentration of the Kr product is investigated using solid sorbent and cold trapping technologies. Effective removal of entrained fluorocarbon solvent and CO/sub 2/ from the single-column product stream is demonstrated using 13X and 5A molecular sieves, respectively. Additional separation of Xe is studied using a silver mordenite bed and compared to existing methods using cryogenic charcoal beds or selective cold trap sublimation. Regardless of the method for Xe removal, Kr is ultimately concentrated via a simple cold trap to > 90% purity from a feed gas containing 10 ppM. 14 figures.

  17. Zeolite-supported Metal Complexes of Rhodium and of Ruthenium: a General Synthesis Method Influenced by Molecular Sieving Effects

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    Ogino, I.; Chen, C; Gates , B


    A general method for synthesis of supported metal complexes having a high degree of uniformity is presented, whereby organometallic precursors incorporating acetylacetonate (C{sub 5}H{sub 7}O{sub 2}{sup -}, acac) ligands react with zeolites incorporating OHgroups near Al sites. The method is illustrated by the reactions of Rh(acac)(CO){sub 2} and of cis-Ru(acac){sub 2}({eta}{sup 2}-C{sub 2}H{sub 4}){sub 2} with zeolites slurried in n-pentane at room temperature. The zeolites were H-Beta, H-SSZ-42, H-Mordenite, and HZSM-5. Infrared (IR) and extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectra of the zeolites incorporating rhodium complexes indicate the formation of Rh(CO){sub 2}{sup +} bonded near Al sites; similar results have been reported for the formation of zeolite-supported Rh({eta}{sup 2}-C{sub 2}H{sub 4}){sup 2+} from Rh(acac)({eta}{sup 2}-C{sub 2}H{sub 4}){sub 2}. IR spectra of the supported rhodiumgem-dicarbonyls include sharp, well-resolved {nu}{sub CO} bands, demonstrating that the sites surrounding each metal complex are nearly equivalent. The frequencies of the {nu}{sub CO} bands show how the composition of the zeolite influences the bonding of the supported species, demonstrating subtle differences in the roles of the zeolite as ligands. When the zeolite has pore openings larger than the critical diameter of the precursor organometallic compound, the latter undergoes facile transport into the interior of the zeolite, so that a uniform distribution of the supported species results, but when the precursors barely fit through the zeolite apertures, the mass transport resistance is significant and the supported metal complexes are concentrated near the pore mouths.

  18. Preliminary stratigraphic and petrologic characterization of core samples from USW-G1, Yucca Mountain, Nevada

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    Waters, A.C.; Carroll, P.R.


    Tuffs of the Nevada Test Site are currently under investigation to determine their potential for long-term storage of radioactive waste. As part of this program, hole USW-G1 was drilled to a depth of 6000 ft below the surface, in the central part of the Yucca Mountain area, Nevada Test Site, Nevada. Petrographic study of the USW-G1 core is presented in this report and shows the tuffs (which generally were variably welded ash flows) are partly recrystallized to a variety of secondary minerals. The important alteration products are zeolites (heulandite, clinoptilolite, mordenite and analcime), smectite clays with minor interstratified illite, albite, micas, potassium feldspar, and various forms of silica. Iijima`s zeolite zones I through IV of burial metamorphism can be recognized in the core. Zeolites are first observed at about the 1300-ft depth, and the high-temperature boundary of zeolite stability in this core occurs at about 4350 ft. Analcime persists, either metastably or as a retrograde mineral, deeper in the core. The oxidation state of Fe-Ti oxide minerals, through most of the core, increases as the degree of welding decreases, but towards the bottom of the hole, reducing conditions generally prevail. Four stratigraphic units transected by the core may be potentially favorable sites for a waste repository. These four units, in order of increasing depth in the core, are (1) the lower cooling unit of the Topopah Spring Member, (2) cooling unit II of the Bullfrog Member, (3) the upper part of the Tram tuff, and (4) the Lithic-rich tuff.

  19. Stratigraphy, structure, and some petrographic features of Tertiary volcanic rocks at the USW G-2 drill hole, Yucca Mountain, Nye County, Nevada

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    Maldonado, F.; Koether, S.L.


    A continuously cored drill hole penetrated 1830.6 m of Tertiary volcanic strata comprised of the following in descending order: Paintbrush Tuff, tuffaceous beds of Calico Hills, Crater Flat Tuff, lava and flow breccia (rhyodacitic), tuff of Lithic Ridge, bedded and ash-flow tuff, lava and flow breccia bedded tuff, conglomerate and ash-flow tuff, and older tuffs of USW G-2. Comparison of unit thicknesses at USW G-2 to unit thicknesses at previously drilled holes at Yucca Mountain indicate: (1) thickening of the Paintbrush Tuff members and tuffaceous beds of Calico Hills toward the northern part of Yucca Mountain; (2) thickening of the Prow Pass Member but thinning of the Bullfrog Member and Tram unit; (3) thinning of the tuff of Lithic Ridge; (4) presence of about 280 m of lava and flow breccia not previously penetrated by any drill hole; and (5) presence of an ash-flow tuff unit at the bottom of the drill hole not previously intersected, apparently the oldest unit penetrated at Yucca Mountain to date. Petrographic features of some of the units include: (1) decrease in quartz and K-feldspar and increases in biotite and plagioclase with depth in the tuffaceous beds of Calico Hills; (2) an increase in quartz phenocrysts from the top to the bottom members of the Crater Flat Tuff; (3) a low quartz content in the tuff of Lithic Ridge, suggesting tapping of the magma chamber at quartz-poor levels; (4) a change in zeolitic alteration from heulandite to clinoptilolite to mordenite with increasing depth; (5) lavas characterized by a rhyolitic top and dacitic base, suggesting reverse compositional zoning; and (6) presence of hydrothermal mineralization in the lavas that could be related to an itrusive under Yucca Mountain or to volcanism associated with the Timber Mountain-Claim Canyon caldera complex. A fracture analysis of the core resulted in tabulation of 7848 fractures, predominately open and high angle.

  20. Argon Collection And Purification For Proliferation Detection

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    Achey, R.; Hunter, D.


    In order to determine whether a seismic event was a declared/undeclared underground nuclear weapon test, environmental samples must be taken and analyzed for signatures that are unique to a nuclear explosion. These signatures are either particles or gases. Particle samples are routinely taken and analyzed under the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) verification regime as well as by individual countries. Gas samples are analyzed for signature gases, especially radioactive xenon. Underground nuclear tests also produce radioactive argon, but that signature is not well monitored. A radioactive argon signature, along with other signatures, can more conclusively determine whether an event was a nuclear test. This project has developed capabilities for collecting and purifying argon samples for ultra-low-background proportional counting. SRNL has developed a continuous gas enrichment system that produces an output stream containing 97% argon from whole air using adsorbent separation technology (the flow diagram for the system is shown in the figure). The vacuum swing adsorption (VSA) enrichment system is easily scalable to produce ten liters or more of 97% argon within twelve hours. A gas chromatographic separation using a column of modified hydrogen mordenite molecular sieve has been developed that can further purify the sample to better than 99% purity after separation from the helium carrier gas. The combination of these concentration and purification systems has the capability of being used for a field-deployable system for collecting argon samples suitable for ultra-low-background proportional counting for detecting nuclear detonations under the On-Site Inspection program of the CTBTO verification regime. The technology also has applications for the bulk argon separation from air for industrial purposes such as the semi-conductor industry.

  1. Distribution of Components in Ion Exchange Materials Taken from the K East Basin and Leaching of Ion Exchange Materials by Nitric/Hydrofluoric Acid and Nitric/Oxalic Acid

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    Delegard, C.H.; Rinehart, D.E.; Hoopes, F.V.


    Laboratory tests were performed to examine the efficacy of mixed nitric/hydrofluoric acid followed by mixed nitric/oxalic acid leach treatments to decontaminate ion exchange materials that have been found in a number of samples retrieved from K East (KE)Basin sludge. The ion exchange materials contain organic ion exchange resins and zeolite inorganic ion exchange material. Based on process records, the ion exchange resins found in the K Basins is a mixed-bed, strong acid/strong base material marketed as Purolite NRW-037. The zeolite material is Zeolon-900, a granular material composed of the mineral mordenite. Radionuclides sorbed or associated with the ion exchange material can restrict its disposal to the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility (ERDF). The need for testing to support development of a treatment process for K Basin sludge has been described in Section 4.2 of ''Testing Strategy to Support the Development of K Basins Sludge Treatment Process'' (Flament 1998). Elutriation and washing steps are designed to remove the organic resins from the K Basin sludge. To help understand the effects of the anticipated separation steps, tests were performed with well-rinsed ion exchange (IX) material from KE Basin floor sludge (sample H-08 BEAD G) and with well-rinsed IX having small quantities of added KE canister composite sludge (sample KECOMP). Tests also were performed to determine the relative quantities of organic and inorganic IX materials present in the H-08 K Basin sludge material. Based on chemical analyses of the separated fractions, the rinsed and dry IX material H-08 BEAD G was found to contain 36 weight percent inorganic material (primarily zeolite). The as-received (unrinsed) and dried H-08 material was estimated to contain 45 weight percent inorganic material.

  2. Adsorption Model for Off-Gas Separation

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    Veronica J. Rutledge


    The absence of industrial scale nuclear fuel reprocessing in the U.S. has precluded the necessary driver for developing the advanced simulation capability now prevalent in so many other countries. Thus, it is essential to model complex series of unit operations to simulate, understand, and predict inherent transient behavior and feedback loops. A capability of accurately simulating the dynamic behavior of advanced fuel cycle separation processes will provide substantial cost savings and many technical benefits. The specific fuel cycle separation process discussed in this report is the off-gas treatment system. The off-gas separation consists of a series of scrubbers and adsorption beds to capture constituents of interest. Dynamic models are being developed to simulate each unit operation involved so each unit operation can be used as a stand-alone model and in series with multiple others. Currently, an adsorption model has been developed in gPROMS software. Inputs include gas stream constituents, sorbent, and column properties, equilibrium and kinetic data, and inlet conditions. It models dispersed plug flow in a packed bed under non-isothermal and non-isobaric conditions for a multiple component gas stream. The simulation outputs component concentrations along the column length as a function of time from which the breakthrough data is obtained. It also outputs temperature along the column length as a function of time and pressure drop along the column length. Experimental data will be input into the adsorption model to develop a model specific for iodine adsorption on silver mordenite as well as model(s) specific for krypton and xenon adsorption. The model will be validated with experimental breakthrough curves. Another future off-gas modeling goal is to develop a model for the unit operation absorption. The off-gas models will be made available via the server or web for evaluation by customers.

  3. Sorption of cesium and strontium from concentrated brines by backfill barrier materials

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    Winslow, C D


    The sorption of radionuclides from potentially intruding groundwater at a nuclear waste repository is a major chemical function of backfill barriers. In this study, various materials (including clays, zeolites and an inorganic ion exchanger) were screened for the sorption of the fission products cesium and strontium in concentrated brines. Representative brines A and B for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), a proposed radioactive waste repository and test facility in bedded salt were used. Sorption properties were quantified using empirical distribution coefficients, k/sub d/. Of the materials examined, sodium titanate had the highest k/sub d/ for the sorption of Sr(II) in both brine A (k/sub d/ = 125 ml/g) and brine B(k/sub d/ = 500 to 600 ml/g). A mordenite-type zeolite was the most effective getter for Cs(I) in brine A (k/sub d = 27 ml/g), while illite yielded the highest k/sub d/ for Cs(I) in brine B (k/sub d/ = 115 ml/g). The relative merit of these k/sub d/ values is evaluated in terms of calculated estimates of breakthrough times for a backfill barrier containing the getter. Results show that a backfill mixture containing these getters is potentially an effective barrier to the migration of Sr(II) and Cs(I), although further study (especially for the sorption of cesium from brine A) is recommended. Initial mechanistic studies revealed competing ion effects which would support an ion exchange mechanism. K/sub d/'s were constant over a Sr(II) concentration range of 10/sup -11/ to 10/sup -5/ M and a Cs(I) concentration range of 10/sup -8/ to 10/sup -5/ M, supporting the choice of a linear sorption isotherm as a model for the results. Constant batch composition was shown to be attained within one week.

  4. Ion exchange and dehydration experimental studies of clinoptilolite: Implications to zeolite dating

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    WoldeGabriel, G.


    Variable effects were noted on the argon (Ar) and potassium (K) contents of clinoptilolite fractions used in ion-exchange and dehydration experiments. The K contents of clinoptilolite fractions were differently affected during cation exchange with Ca-, Cs-, K-, and Na-chloride solutions. Ar was generally less affected during these experiments, except for a Na-clinoptitolite fraction exchanged for five days. Loss of Ar during organic heavy-liquid treatment and cleaning using acetone and deionized water does occur, as indicated by comparing the amounts of radiogenic Ar of treated and untreated fractions. Moreover, a regular decrease in radiogenic Ar contents was noted in clinoptilolite fractions during dehydration experiments at different temperatures for 16 hours. Comparable losses do not occur from saturated samples that were heated in 100 C for more than five months. Water appears to play a vital role in stabilizing the clinoptilolite framework structure and in the retention of Ar. The radiogenic Ar depletion pattern noted in clinoptilolite fractions dehydrated in unsaturated environment at different temperatures is similar to variations in the amount of radiogenic Ar observed in clinoptilolite samples from the unsaturated zone of an altered tuff. These results can be used to evaluate the extent of zeolitic water (and hence Ar) retention in unsaturated geologic settings. The utility of alkali zeolites (e.g., phillipsite, clinoptilolite, and mordenite) from low-temperature, open-hydrologic alteration as potential dateable minerals was evaluated using the K/Ar method as part of the Yucca Mountain Site Characterization Project, which is evaluating Yucca Mountain, Nevada, as a potential high-level radioactive waste repository site.

  5. Effect of modifier Pd metal on hydrocracking of polyaromatic compounds over Ni-loaded Y-type zeolite and its application as hydrodesulfurization catalysts

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    Wada, Takema; Murata, Satoru; Nomura, Masakatsu


    Coal tar obtained from coal carbonization is a treasure of polyaromatic hydrocarbons, where more than 400 kinds of aromatic compounds are found to be contained. The development of new catalysts being able to convert these aromatics into mono or diaromatic compounds is one of objectives for utilization of polyaromatics. Hydrocracking of polyaromatic compounds is believed to proceed via formation of terminal-naphthenic ring of starting aromatic compounds, followed by cleavage of the naphthenic ring to produce alkylated aromatic compounds which has less numbers of ring than starting aromatics. Accordingly, hydrogenation of aromatic rings and cracking of resulting naphthenic rings are key steps of hydrocracking reaction, so that dual functional catalysts such as metal-supported acid catalysts are considered to be one of the best catalysts. Zeolite has controlled pore structures and strong acidity enough to crack naphthenic rings, being characteristics in exchanging metal species with ease. We have been studying the hydrocracking of polyaromatic compounds over Ni-loaded zeolite catalysts (ZSM-5, mordenite, and Y-type) and found the fact that pore size of zeolite exerts an interesting effect on product distribution. We also conducted computer-simulation for diffusion phenomena of the polyaromatic hydrocarbons in the pore of these zeolites and found that diffusion ability of the substrate affects strongly the product distributions Recently we found that modifying of Ni-loaded Y-type zeolite by Pd-loading enhanced hydrocracking ability of the catalyst. In this report, we would like to refer to the results of both hydrocracking reaction of pyrene and hydrodesulfurization of dibenzothiophene using Pd-modified Ni-loaded Y-type zeolite.

  6. Further description of the petrology of the Topopah Spring member of the paintbrush tuff in drill holes UE25A-1 and USW-G1 and of the lithic-rich tuff in USW-G1, Yucca Mountain, Nevada

    SciTech Connect

    Carroll, P.I.; Caporuscio, F.A.; Bish, D.L.


    The Topopah Spring Member of the Paintbrush Tuff and the Lithic-rich tuff and two Tertiary volcanic units that occur in cores from drill holes UE25a-1 and USW-G1 at Yucca Mountain, Nevada. Recently they have been suggested as possibly suitable for the permanent storage of high-level radioactive waste. Earlier petrologic characterization of these units is augmented here. The Topopah Spring Member (approximately 350 m thick) has two compound cooling units. The upper, thinner unit is densely welded to vitrophyric. The lower unit ranges from nonwelded to vitrophyric, and its nonwelded base is extensively zeolitized to clinoptilolite and mordenite. Heulandite occurs as fracture fill in the overlying vitrophyric part, but zeolites are absent above that vitrophyre. Here primary devitrification plus vapor-phase crystallization dominate the mineralogy. Vapor-phase effects are especially prominent between the two vitrophyres in both cores and include numerous large lithophysal cavities throughout most of this moderately to densely welded tuff. The Lithic-rich tuff extends from 1203 to 1506 m in the USW-G1 drill core. It is nonwelded to partly welded but is well indurated due to pervasive intergrowths of authigenic minerals. These phases are analcime, albite, alkali feldspar, sericite, chlorite and quartz. The transition from analcime to secondary albite corresponds to Iijima`s zeolite Zone IV boundary, and this boundary appears in USW-G1 at 1326 m. However, analcime remains as a prominent phase through most of the Lithic-rich tuff. Further work is necessary to assess the suitability of either of these horizons for a waste repository. In the Topopah Spring Member, both mechanical and hydrologic properties of thick lithophysal zone must be studied, as well as the complete sequence of fracture fill. For both units, zeolite and clay mineral stabilities need to be investigated.

  7. Fracture coatings in Topopah Spring Tuff along drill hole wash

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    Carlos, B.A.; Chipera, S.J.; Bish, D.L.


    Fracture-lining minerals are being studied as part of site characterization to determine the suitability of Yucca Mountain, Nevada as a potential high level nuclear waste repository. Fracture coatings in the Paintbrush Group provide information on potential flow paths above the water table both toward and away from the potential repository and provide information on the distribution of fracture-lining minerals needed to model thermal effects of waste emplacement. Fracture coatings within the predominantly non-zeolitic Paintbrush Group vary both with depth and laterally across Yucca Mountain, whereas fracture coatings in tuffs below the Paintbrush Group are related to the mineralogy of the tuffs and follow a consistent pattern of distribution with predominantly quartz, calcite, and manganese oxides in the devitrified intervals and mordenite and clinoptilolite in the zeolitic intervals. The zeolites stellerite and heulandite are more abundant in fractures in the Topopah Spring Tuff in drill holes USW G-1 and UE-25 a{number_sign}l, located along Drill Hole Wash (at the northern end of Yucca Mountain) than in core from other parts of Yucca Mountain. Buesch et al. (2) present evidence for a complex fault system along Drill Hole Wash. To investigate the possibility that the abundant fracture-lining zeolites in USW G-1 and UE-25 a{number_sign} 1 are related to the Drill Hole Wash fault, the Topopah Spring Tuff was examined in drill cores from USW UZ-14, USW G-1, USW NRG-7/7a, and UE-25 a{number_sign}l.

  8. Methane to acetic acid over Cu-exchanged zeolites: mechanistic insights from a site-specific carbonylation reaction.


    Narsimhan, Karthik; Michaelis, Vladimir K; Mathies, Guinevere; Gunther, William R; Griffin, Robert G; Román-Leshkov, Yuriy


    The selective low temperature oxidation of methane is an attractive yet challenging pathway to convert abundant natural gas into value added chemicals. Copper-exchanged ZSM-5 and mordenite (MOR) zeolites have received attention due to their ability to oxidize methane into methanol using molecular oxygen. In this work, the conversion of methane into acetic acid is demonstrated using Cu-MOR by coupling oxidation with carbonylation reactions. The carbonylation reaction, known to occur predominantly in the 8-membered ring (8MR) pockets of MOR, is used as a site-specific probe to gain insight into important mechanistic differences existing between Cu-MOR and Cu-ZSM-5 during methane oxidation. For the tandem reaction sequence, Cu-MOR generated drastically higher amounts of acetic acid when compared to Cu-ZSM-5 (22 vs 4 μmol/g). Preferential titration with sodium showed a direct correlation between the number of acid sites in the 8MR pockets in MOR and acetic acid yield, indicating that methoxy species present in the MOR side pockets undergo carbonylation. Coupled spectroscopic and reactivity measurements were used to identify the genesis of the oxidation sites and to validate the migration of methoxy species from the oxidation site to the carbonylation site. Our results indicate that the Cu(II)-O-Cu(II) sites previously associated with methane oxidation in both Cu-MOR and Cu-ZSM-5 are oxidation active but carbonylation inactive. In turn, combined UV-vis and EPR spectroscopic studies showed that a novel Cu(2+) site is formed at Cu/Al <0.2 in MOR. These sites oxidize methane and promote the migration of the product to a Brønsted acid site in the 8MR to undergo carbonylation. PMID:25562431

  9. The heat capacity of hydrous cordierite above 295 K

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Carey, J. William


    The heat capacity of synthetic hydrous cordierite (Mg2Al4Si5O18nH2O) has been determined by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) from 295 to 425 K as a function of H2O content. Six samples with H2O contents ranging from 0 to 0.82 per formula unit were examined. The partial molar heat capacity of H2O in cordierite over the measured temperature interval is independent of composition and temperature within experimental uncertainty and is equal to 43.3 0.8 J/mol/ K. This value exceeds the molar heat capacity of gaseous H2O by 9.7 J/mol/K, but is significantly smaller than the heat capacity of H2O in several zeolites and liquid H2O. A statistical-mechanical model of the heat capacity of adsorbed gas species (Barrer 1978) is used to extrapolate the heat capacity of hydrous cordierite to temperatures greater than 425 K. In this model, the heat capacity of hydrous cordierite (CrdnH2O) is represented as follows: Cp(Crd nH2O) = Cp(Crd)+ n{Cp(H2O, gas)+ R(gas constant)} (1) An examination of calorimetric data for hydrous beryl, analcime, mordenite, and clinoptilolite (Hemingway et al. 1986; Johnson et al. 1982, 1991, 1992) demonstrates the general applicability of the statistical-mechanical model for the extrapolation of heat capacity data of zeolitic minerals. The heat capacity data for cordierite are combined with the data of Carey and Navrotsky (1992) to obtain the molar enthalpy of formation and enthalpy of hydration of hydrous cordierite as a function of temperature.

  10. Thermal and catalytic cracking of tars and tar constituents from coal-gasification processes. Final report. [Synthetic zeolites (Linde LZ-Y82, Norton Zeolon 900-H, Davison 13-X, faujasite), natural zeolite (chabazite)

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    Wen, W.Y.


    The objective of this program is to screen catalysts and determine operating conditions for maximizing gas and char production from the pyrolysis of coal gasification tars. The product yields from cracking a bituminous coal tar in a fixed-bed reactor were determined at various temperatures in the presence and absence of some packing materials. Synthetic zeolites, Linde LZ-Y82, Norton Zeolon 900-H (mordenite), Davison 13-X, and ultra-stable faujasite (H-Y), as well as a natural zeolite, chabazite, showed strong catalytic activity. In contrast, molecular sieves 5-A and natural erionite having smaller pore diameters were found to be much less active. Clay minerals such as kaolinite, montmorillonite and Kieselguhr exhibited catalytic activities which were similar to those of the zeolites with small pore sizes, but they were still far more effective than quartz particles. Based on the assumption of first-order kinetics, the activation energies for the tar conversion were evaluated for several packing materials. It was found that the zeolite LZ-Y82 was remarkably effective in converting tar to chars and gases in the temperature range of 350 to 500/sup 0/C, although this effectiveness decreased very rapidly with a continuous tar feed carried by an inert gas. Among the factors involved for catalytic effectiveness are (1) the effective pore size greater than about 0.7 nm (or 7A), (2) large internal surface area accessible to the tar vapor, and (3) large number of strongly acidic sites. 22 references, 6 figures, 22 tables.

  11. Distribution and chemistry of fracture-lining minerals at Yucca Mountain, Nevada

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    Carlos, B.A.; Chipera, S.J.; Bish, D.L.


    Yucca Mountain, a >1.5-km-thick sequence of tuffs and subordinate lavas in southwest Nevada, is being investigated as a potential high-level nuclear waste repository site. Fracture-lining minerals have been studied because they may provide information on past fluid transport and because they may act as natural barriers to radionuclide migration within the fractures. Cores from seven drill holes have been studied to determine the distribution and chemistry of minerals lining fractures at Yucca Mountain. Fracture-lining minerals in tuffs of the Paintbrush Group, which is above the static water level at Yucca Mountain, are highly variable in distribution, both vertically and laterally across the mountain, with the zeolites mordenite, heulandite, and stellerite widespread in fractures even though the tuff matrix is generally devitrified and nonzeolitic. Where heulandite occurs as both tabular and prismatic crystals in the same fracture, the two morphologies have different compositions, suggesting multiple episodes of zeolite formation within the fractures. Manganese-oxide minerals within the Paintbrush Group are rancieite and lithiophorite. The silica polymorphs (quartz, tridymite, and cristobalite) generally exist in fractures where they exist in the matrix, suggesting that they formed in the fractures at the same time they formed in the matrix. Fluorite, calcite, and opal occur over tridymite in some lithophysal cavities. Calcite also occurs over zeolites in fractures unrelated to lithophysal cavities and is often the youngest mineral in a given fracture. The clays smectite, palygorskite, and sepiolite are common in fractures in the Paintbrush Group in drill core USW GU-3; smectite is an abundant fracture-coating mineral in all drill cores at Yucca Mountain.

  12. Assessment of Methods to Consolidate Iodine-Loaded Silver-Functionalized Silica Aerogel

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    Matyas, Josef; Engler, Robert K.


    The U.S. Department of Energy is currently investigating alternative sorbents for the removal and immobilization of radioiodine from the gas streams in a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant. One of these new sorbents, Ag0-functionalized silica aerogels, shows great promise as a potential replacement for Ag-bearing mordenites because of its high selectivity and sorption capacity for iodine. Moreover, a feasible consolidation of iodine-loaded Ag0-functionalized silica aerogels to a durable SiO2-based waste form makes this aerogel an attractive choice for sequestering radioiodine. This report provides a preliminary assessment of the methods that can be used to consolidate iodine-loaded Ag0-functionalized silica aerogels into a final waste form. In particular, it focuses on experimental investigation of densification of as prepared Ag0-functionalized silica aerogels powders, with or without organic moiety and with or without sintering additive (colloidal silica), with three commercially available techniques: 1) hot uniaxial pressing (HUP), 2) hot isostatic pressing (HIP), and 3) spark plasma sintering (SPS). The densified products were evaluated with helium gas pycnometer for apparent density, with the Archimedes method for apparent density and open porosity, and with high-resolution scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) for the extent of densification and distribution of individual elements. The preliminary investigation of HUP, HIP, and SPS showed that these sintering methods can effectively consolidate powders of Ag0-functionalized silica aerogel into products of near-theoretical density. Also, removal of organic moiety and adding 5.6 mass% of colloidal silica to Ag0-functionalized silica aerogel powders before processing provided denser products. Furthermore, the ram travel data for SPS indicated that rapid consolidation of powders can be performed at temperatures below 950°C.

  13. Demonstrate Scale-up Procedure for Glass Composite Material (GCM) for Incorporation of Iodine Loaded AgZ.

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    Nenoff, Tina M.; Garino, Terry J.; Croes, Kenneth James; Rodriguez, Mark A.


    Two large size Glass Composite Material (GCM) waste forms containing AgI-MOR were fabricated. One contained methyl iodide-loaded AgI-MOR that was received from Idaho National Laboratory (INL, Test 5, Beds 1 – 3) and the other contained iodine vapor loaded AgIMOR that was received from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL, SHB 2/9/15 ). The composition for each GCM was 20 wt% AgI-MOR and 80 wt% Ferro EG2922 low sintering temperature glass along with enough added silver flake to prevent any I2 loss during the firing process. The silver flake amounts were 1.2 wt% for the GCM with the INL AgI-MOR and 3 wt% for the GCM contained the ORNL AgI-MOR. The GCMs, nominally 100 g, were first uniaxially pressed to 6.35 cm (2.5 inch) diameter disks then cold isostatically pressed, before firing in air to 550°C for 1hr. They were cooled slowly (1°C/min) from the firing temperature to avoid any cracking due to temperature gradients. The final GCMs were ~5 cm in diameter (~2 inches) and non-porous with densities of ~4.2 g/cm³. X-ray diffraction indicated that they consisted of the amorphous glass phase with small amounts of mordenite and AgI. Furthermore, the presence of the AgI was confirmed by X-ray fluorescence. Methodology for the scaled up production of GCMs to 6 inch diameter or larger is also presented.

  14. Test results from the GA technologies engineering-scale off-gas treatment system

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    Jensen, D.D.; Olguin, L.J.; Wilbourn, R.G.


    One method for reducing the volume of HTGR fuel prior to reprocessing or spent fuel storage is to crush and burn the graphite fuel elements. The burner off-gas (BOG) contains radioactive components, principally H-3, C-14, Kr-85, I-129, and Rn-220, as well as chemical forms such as CO/sub 2/, CO, O/sub 2/, and SO/sub 2/. The BOG system employs components designed to remove these constitutents. Test results are reported for the iodine and SO/sub 2/ adsorbers and the CO/HT oxidizer. Silver-based iodine adsorbents were found to catalyze the premature conversion of CO to CO/sub 2/. Subsequent tests showed that iodine removal could not be performed downstream of the CO/HT oxidizer since iodine in the BOG system rapidly deactivated the Pt-coated alumina CO catalyst. Lead-exchanged zeolite (PbX) was found to be an acceptable alternative for removing iodine from BOG without CO conversion. Intermittent and steady-state tests of the pilot-plant SO/sub 2/ removal unit containing sodium-exchanged zeolite (NaX) demonstrated that decontamination factors greater than or equal to 100 could be maintained for up to 50 h. In a reprocessing flowsheet, the solid product from the burners is dissolved in nitric or Thorex acid. The dissolver off-gas (DOG) contains radioactive components H-3, Kr-85, I-129, Rn-220 plus chemical forms such as nitrogen oxides (NO/sub x/). In the pilot-scale system at GA, iodine is removed from the DOG by adsorption. Tests of iodine removal have been conducted using either silver-exchanged mordenite (AgZ) or AgNO/sub 3/-impregnated silica gel (AC-6120). Although each sorbent performed well in the presence of NO/sub x/, the silica gel adsorbent proved more efficient in silver utilization and, thus, more cost effective.

  15. Hydrothermal alteration in research drill hole Y-2, Lower Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

    SciTech Connect

    Bargar, K.E.; Beeson, M.H.


    Y-2, a US Geological Survey research diamond-drill hole in Lower Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, was drilled to a depth of 157.4 meters. The hole penetrated interbedded siliceous sinter and travertine to 10.2 m, glacial sediments of the Pinedale Glaciation interlayered with pumiceous tuff from 10.2 to 31.7 m, and rhyolitic lavas of the Elephant Back flow of the Central Plateau Member and the Mallard Lake Member of the Pleistocene Plateau Rhyolite from 31.7 to 157.4 m. Hydrothermal alteration is pervasive in most of the nearly continuous drill core. Rhyolitic glass has been extensively altered to clay and zeolite minerals (intermediate heulandite, clinoptilolite, mordenite, montmorillonite, mixed-layer illite-montmorillonite, and illite) in addition to quartz and adularia. Numerous veins, vugs, and fractures in the core contain these and other minerals: silica minerals (opal, ..beta..-cristobalite, ..cap alpha..-cristobalite, and chalcedony), zeolites (analcime, wairakite, dachiardite, laumontite, and yugawaralite), carbonates (calcite and siderite), clay (kaolinite and chlorite), oxides (hematite, goethite, manganite, cryptomelane, pyrolusite, and groutite), and sulfides (pyrhotite and pyrite) along with minor aegirine, fluorite, truscottite, and portlandite. Interbedded travertine and siliceous sinter in the upper part of the drill core indicate that two distinct types of thermal water are responsible for precipitation of the surficial deposits, and further that the water regime has alternated between the two thermal waters more than once since the end of the Pinedale Glaciation (approx. 10,000 years B.P.). Alternation of zones of calcium-rich and sodium- and potassium-rich hydrothermal minerals also suggests that the calcium-rich and sodium- and potassium-rich hydrothermal minerals also suggests that the water chemistry in this drill hole varies with depth.

  16. Malignant mesothelioma induced by asbestos and zeolite in the mouse peritonenal cavity

    SciTech Connect

    Suzuki, Y.; Kohyama, N.


    The carcinogenicity of asbestos (amosite and chrysotile) and zeolite (fibrous erionite, mordenite, and synthetic zeolite 4A) were studied in the peritoneum of 586 BALB/C male mice after a single intraperitoneal or intraabdominal wall injection. Tumors developed in 93 of 394 animals (23.6%) treated with asbestos or fibrous erionite 7 months or more after administration. All of the induced peritoneal tumors were intimately associated with marked peritoneal fibrosis, in which asbestos or erionite fibers were regularly detected. Histopathologically, 83 of 93 were consistent with malignant mesotheliomas. Other tumors consisted of 6 plasmacytomas, 1 histiocytoma, 1 liposarcoma, 1 osteosarcoma, and 1 adenocarcinoma of the pancreas. Two of the cases of mesotheliomas were associated with plasmacytoma. In many instances, the primary site of the mesotheliomas seemed to be multiple, the favorite sites being the omentum, mesentery, serosae of the gastrointestinal and genital organs, the diaphragm, the capsule of the liver and spleen, and the abdominal wall peritoneum. In addition to the 93 peritoneal tumors, 3 extraperitoneal tumors (1 fibrosarcoma and 2 rhabdomyosarcomas) were induced by amosite which was probably accidentally injected into the extraperitoneal connective tissue and the striated muscle tissue of the abdominal wall, respectively. These three tumors were also intimately associated with focal fibrosis in which amosite fibers were detected. Among the three different types of zeolite, only fibrous erionite showed striking carcinogenicity and marked fibrogenicity. The erionite-induced mesotheliomas were similar to those induced by asbestos in exhibiting long latency, in gross appearance, in histology, and in close association with fibrosis.

  17. Xe/Kr Selectivity Measurements using AgZ-PAN at Various Temperatures

    SciTech Connect

    Garn, Troy Gerry; Greenhalgh, Mitchell Randy; Watson, Tony Leroy


    In preparation for planned FY-15 Xe/Kr multi-column testing, a series of experiments were performed to determine the selectivity of Xe over Kr using the silver converted mordenite-polyacrylonitrile (AgZ-PAN) sorbent. Results from these experiments will be used for parameter selection guidelines to define test conditions for Kr gas capture purity evaluations later this year. The currently configured experimental test bed was modified by installing a new cooling apparatus to permit future multi-column testing with independent column temperature control. The modified test bed will allow for multi-column testing to facilitate a Xe separation followed by a Kr separation using engineered form sorbents. Selectivity experiments were run at temperatures of 295, 250 and 220 K. Two feed gas compositions of 1000 ppmv Xe, 150 ppmv Kr in either a He or an air balance were used. AgZ-PAN sorbent selectivity was calculated using Xe and Kr capacity determinations. AgZ-PAN sorbent selectivities for Xe over Kr of 72 were calculated at room temperature (295 K) using the feed gas with a He balance and 34 using the feed gas with an air balance. As the test temperatures were decreased the selectivity of Xe over Kr also decreased due to an increase in both Xe and Kr capacities. At 220 K, the sorbent selectivities for Xe over Kr were 22 using the feed gas with a He balance and 28 using the feed gas with an air balance. The selectivity results indicate that AgZ-PAN used in the first column of a multi-column configuration will provide adequate partitioning of Xe from Kr in the tested temperature range to produce a more pure Kr end product for collection.

  18. Zeolitization of intracaldera sediments and rhyolitic rocks in the 1.25 Ma lake of Valles caldera, New Mexico, USA

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chipera, Steve J.; Goff, Fraser; Goff, Cathy J.; Fittipaldo, Melissa


    Quantitative X-ray diffraction analysis of about 80 rhyolite and associated lacustrine rocks has characterized previously unrecognized zeolitic alteration throughout the Valles caldera resurgent dome. The alteration assemblage consists primarily of smectite-clinoptilolite-mordenite-silica, which replaces groundmass and fills voids, especially in the tuffs and lacustrine rocks. Original rock textures are routinely preserved. Mineralization typically extends to depths of only a few tens of meters and resembles shallow "caldera-type zeolitization" as defined by Utada et al. [Utada, M., Shimizu, M., Ito, T., Inoue, A., 1999. Alteration of caldera-forming rocks related to the Sanzugawa volcanotectonic depression, northeast Honshu, Japan with special reference to "caldera-type zeolitization." Resource Geol. Spec. Issue No. 20, 129-140]. Geology and 40Ar/ 39Ar dates limit the period of extensive zeolite growth to roughly the first 30 kyr after the current caldera formed (ca. 1.25 to 1.22 Ma). Zeolitic alteration was promoted by saturation of shallow rocks with alkaline lake water (a mixture of meteoric waters and degassed hydrothermal fluids) and by high thermal gradients caused by cooling of the underlying magma body and earliest post-caldera rhyolite eruptions. Zeolitic alteration of this type is not found in the later volcanic and lacustrine rocks of the caldera moat (? 0.8 Ma) suggesting that later lake waters were cooler and less alkaline. The shallow zeolitic alteration does not have characteristics resembling classic, alkaline lake zeolite deposits (no analcime, erionite, or chabazite) nor does it contain zeolites common in high-temperature hydrothermal systems (laumontite or wairakite). Although aerially extensive, the early zeolitic alteration does not form laterally continuous beds and are consequently, not of economic significance.

  19. Further studies of effects of sodium aluminosilicate on egg shell quality.


    Roland, D A


    Five experiments were conducted using 36 dietary treatments to compare chloride salts and HCl as chemical sources of Cl for the adjustment of dietary Cl when using sodium aluminosilicate (SAS), to compare SAS to natural zeolites (clinoptilolite and mordenite), and to determine the appropriate level of dietary SAS for optimum egg specific gravity. The methods of Na and Cl correction used in the various treatments included altering the levels of NaCl, calcium chloride (CaCl2), potassium chloride (KCl), magnesium chloride (MgCl2), iron chloride (FeCl3), or hydrochloric acid (HCl). Experimental diets were fed for 6 to 8 wk. Results of all experiments (except Experiment 2) indicated that the addition of SAS to layer diets improved egg specific gravity and that correction for Na by removal of NaCl and the addition of HCl was not necessary for SAS to be effective. No beneficial effects of dietary SAS on egg specific gravity were observed when Na and Cl corrections were made using CaCl2, KCl, MgCl2, or FeCl3. The feeding of SAS has no influence on egg production in Experiments 1 and 3 but significantly improved egg production in Experiment 4, when it was added to diets containing 2.75% Ca. An adverse effect on production of feeding SAS was observed, especially at the higher levels of SAS in Experiments 2 and 5. In general, SAS tended to reduce feed consumption, with no effect on egg weight. It was concluded that .75% SAS will improve egg specific gravity approximately 1 to 3 units and that correction for Na was not necessary for SAS to be effective. PMID:2841658

  20. Long-term product consistency test of simulated 90-19/Nd HLW glass

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gan, X. Y.; Zhang, Z. T.; Yuan, W. Y.; Wang, L.; Bai, Y.; Ma, H.


    Chemical durability of 90-19/Nd glass, a simulated high-level waste (HLW) glass in contact with the groundwater was investigated with a long-term product consistency test (PCT). Generally, it is difficult to observe the long term property of HLW glass due to the slow corrosion rate in a mild condition. In order to overcome this problem, increased contacting surface ( S/ V = 6000 m -1) and elevated temperature (150 °C) were employed to accelerate the glass corrosion evolution. The micro-morphological characteristics of the glass surface and the secondary minerals formed after the glass alteration were analyzed by SEM-EDS and XRD, and concentrations of elements in the leaching solution were determined by ICP-AES. In our experiments, two types of minerals, which have great impact on glass dissolution, were found to form on 90-19/Nd HLW glass surface when it was subjected to a long-term leaching in the groundwater. One is Mg-Fe-rich phyllosilicates with honeycomb structure; the other is aluminosilicates (zeolites). Mg and Fe in the leaching solution participated in the formation of phyllosilicates. The main components of phyllosilicates in alteration products of 90-19/Nd HLW glass are nontronite (Na 0.3Fe 2Si 4O 10(OH) 2·4H 2O) and montmorillonite (Ca 0.2(Al,Mg) 2Si 4O 10(OH) 2·4H 2O), and those of aluminosilicates are mordenite ((Na 2,K 2,Ca)Al 2Si 10O 24·7H 2O)) and clinoptilolite ((Na,K,Ca) 5Al 6Si 30O 72·18H 2O). Minerals like Ca(Mg)SO 4 and CaCO 3 with low solubility limits are prone to form precipitant on the glass surface. Appearance of the phyllosilicates and aluminosilicates result in the dissolution rate of 90-19/Nd HLW glass resumed, which is increased by several times over the stable rate. As further dissolution of the glass, both B and Na in the glass were found to leach out in borax form.

  1. Minerals produced during cooling and hydrothermal alteration of ash flow tuff from Yellowstone drill hole Y-5

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Keith, T.E.C.; Muffler, L.J.P.


    A rhyolitic ash-flow tuff in a hydrothermally active area within the Yellowstone caldera was drilled in 1967, and cores were studied to determine the nature and distribution of primary and secondary mineral phases. The rocks have undergone a complex history of crystallization and hydrothermal alteration since their emplacement 600,000 years ago. During cooling from magmatic temperatures, the glassy groundmass underwent either devitrification to alkali feldspar + ??-cristobalite ?? tridymite or granophyric crystallization to alkali feldspar + quartz. Associated with the zones of granophyric crystallization are prismatic quartz crystals in cavities similar to those termed miarolitic in plutonic rocks. Vapor-phase alkali feldspar, tridymite, magnetite, and sporadic ??-cristobalite were deposited in cavities and in void spaces of pumice fragments. Subsequently, some of the vapor-phase alkali feldspar crystals were replaced by microcrystalline quartz, and the vapor-phase minerals were frosted by a coating of saccharoidal quartz. Hydrothermal minerals occur primarily as linings and fillings of cavities and fractures and as altered mafic phenocrysts. Chalcedony is the dominant mineral related to the present hydrothermal regime and occurs as microcrystalline material mixed with various amounts of hematite and goethite. The chalcedony displays intricate layering and was apparently deposited as opal from silica-rich water. Hematite and goethite also replace both mafic phenocrysts and vapor-phase magnetite. Other conspicuous hydrothermal minerals include montmorillonite, pyrite, mordenite, calcite, and fluorite. Clinoptilolite, erionite, illite, kaolinite, and manganese oxides are sporadic. The hydrothermal minerals show little correlation with temperature, but bladed calcite is restricted to a zone of boiling in the tuff and clearly was deposited when CO2 was lost during boiling. Fractures and breccias filled with chalcedony are common throughout Y-5 and may have been produced by rapid disruption of rock caused by sudden decrease of fluid pressure in fractures, most likely a result of fracturing during resurgent doming in this part of the Yellowstone caldera. The chalcedony probably was deposited as opal or ??-cristobalite from a pre-existing silica floc that moved rapidly into the fractures and breccias immediately after the sudden pressure drop. ?? 1978.

  2. Adsorption of Amino Acids (Ala, Cys, His, Met) on Zeolites: Fourier Transform Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy Investigations

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Carneiro, Cristine E. A.; de Santana, Henrique; Casado, Clara; Coronas, Joaquin; Zaia, Dimas A. M.


    Minerals adsorb more amino acids with charged R-groups than amino acids with uncharged R-groups. Thus, the peptides that form from the condensation of amino acids on the surface of minerals should be composed of amino acid residues that are more charged than uncharged. However, most of the amino acids (74%) in today's proteins have an uncharged R-group. One mechanism with which to solve this paradox is the use of organophilic minerals such as zeolites. Over the range of pH (pH 2.66-4.50) used in these experiments, the R-group of histidine (His) is positively charged and neutral for alanine (Ala), cysteine (Cys), and methionine (Met). In acidic hydrothermal environments, the pH could be even lower than those used in this study. For the pH range studied, the zeolites were negatively charged, and the overall charge of all amino acids was positive. The conditions used here approximate those of prebiotic Earth. The most important finding of this work is that the relative concentrations of each amino acid (X=His, Met, Cys) to alanine (X/Ala) are close to 1.00. This is an important result with regard to prebiotic chemistry because it could be a solution for the paradox stated above. Pore size did not affect the adsorption of Cys and Met on zeolites, and the Si/Al ratio did not affect the adsorption of Cys, His, and Met. ZSM-5 could be used for the purification of Cys from other amino acids (Student-Newman-Keuls test, p<0.05), and mordenite could be used for separation of amino acids from each other (Student-Newman-Keuls test, p<0.05). As shown by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectra, Ala interacts with zeolites through the group, and methionine-zeolite interactions involve the COO, , and CH3 groups. FT-IR spectra show that the interaction between the zeolites and His is weak. Cys showed higher adsorption on all zeolites; however, the hydrophobic Van der Waals interaction between zeolites and Cys is too weak to produce any structural changes in the Cys groups (amine, carboxylic, sulfhydryl, etc.); thus, the FT-IR and Raman spectra are the same as those of solid Cys.

  3. A call to expand regulation to all carcinogenic fibrous minerals

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Baumann, F.; Steele, I.; Ambrosi, J.; Carbone, M.


    The regulatory term "asbestos" groups only the six fibrous minerals that were commercially used among approximately 400. The carcinogenicity of these six regulated minerals has been largely demonstrated and is related to fiber structure, fiber length/diameter ratio, and bio-persistence. From a public perception, the generic term "asbestos" refers to the fibrous minerals that cause asbestosis, mesothelioma and other cancers. However, other non-regulated fibrous minerals are potentially as dangerous as the regulatory asbestos because they share similar physical and chemical properties, epidemiological studies have demonstrated their relationship with asbestos-related diseases, and both in vitro and in vivo experiments have established the toxicity of these minerals. For example, the non-regulated asbestiform winchite and richterite minerals that contaminated the vermiculite mined from Libby, Montana, (USA) were associated with mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis observed among the area's residents and miners. Many other examples of non-regulated carcinogenic fibrous minerals include, but are not limited to, antigorite, arfvedsonite, balangeroite, carlosturanite, erionite, fluoro-edenite, hornblende, mordenite, palygorskite, and sepiolite. To propose a regulatory definition that would provide protection from all carcinogenic fibers, we have conducted an interdisciplinary literature review to compare the characteristics of "asbestos" and of non-regulated mineral fibers that relate to carcinogenicity. We specifically studied two non-regulated fibrous minerals that are associated with asbestos-related diseases: the serpentine antigorite and the zeolite erionite. Both examples underscore the problem of regulation based on commercial, rather than scientific principles: 1) the occurrence of fibrous antigorite in materials used to pave roads has been correlated with high mesothelioma rates in New Caledonia. Antigorite was also the cause of asbestosis in Poland, and in vitro and in vivo studies have shown its toxic and carcinogenic properties; 2) the carcinogenic properties of erionite have been demonstrated, and erionite has been associated with a mesothelioma epidemic in Anatolia, Turkey. Erionite is also widespread in areas of north central USA, where it is contained in gravel paving stone, and is cause for concern due to increased commercial traffic. Numerous studies have shown that non-regulated fibrous materials pose similar health hazards to regulated "asbestos". An increase in human activities in areas where these fibrous minerals are present, such as in surficial rock and soil, will result in the generation of airborne dust, exposing people to carcinogenic fibers. The current limited regulation leads people to believe that only the six mineral fibers referred to as "asbestos" are dangerous. We propose that fibrous minerals should be regulated as a single group, as they have similar deleterious effects on the human body. Regulations would be simplified and more effective if they embrace all carcinogenic fibrous minerals.

  4. Spectroscopic study of the dehydration and/or dehydroxylation of phyllosilicate and zeolite minerals

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Che, Congcong; Glotch, Timothy D.; Bish, David L.; Michalski, Joseph R.; Xu, Wenqian


    Phyllosilicates on Mars mapped by infrared spectroscopic techniques could have been affected by dehydration and/or dehydroxylation associated with chemical weathering in hyperarid conditions, volcanism or shock heating associated with meteor impact. The effects of heat-induced dehydration and/or dehydroxylation on the infrared spectra of 14 phyllosilicates from four structural groups (kaolinite, smectite, sepiolite-palygorskite, and chlorite) and two natural zeolites are reported here. Pressed powders of size-separated phyllosilicate and natural zeolite samples were heated incrementally from 100C to 900C, cooled to room temperature, and measured using multiple spectroscopic techniques: midinfrared (400-4000 cm-1) attenuated total reflectance, midinfrared reflectance (400-1400 cm-1), and far-infrared reflectance (50-600 cm-1) spectroscopies. Correlated thermogravimetric analysis and X-ray diffraction data were also acquired in order to clarify the thermal transformation of each sample. For phyllosilicate samples, the OH stretching (3600 cm-1), OH bending (590-950 cm-1), and/or H2O bending (1630 cm-1) bands all become very weak or completely disappear upon heating to temperatures > 500C. The spectral changes associated with SiO4 vibrations (1000 cm-1 and 500 cm-1) show large variations depending on the compositions and structures of phyllosilicates. The thermal behavior of phyllosilicate IR spectra is also affected by the type of octahedral cations. For example, spectral features of Al3+-rich smectites are more stable than those of Fe3+-rich smectites. The high-temperature (>800C) spectral changes of trioctahedral Mg2+-rich phyllosilicates such as hectorite, saponite, and sepiolite result primarily from crystallization of enstatite. Phyllosilicates with moderate Mg2+ concentration (e.g., palygorskite, clinochlore) and dioctahedral montmorillonites (e.g., SAz-1 and SCa-3) with partial Mg2+-for-Al3+ substitution all have new spectral feature developed at 900 cm-1 upon heating to 800C. Compared with phyllosilicates, spectral features of two natural zeolites, clinoptilolite and mordenite, are less affected by thermal treatments. Even after heating to 900C, the IR spectral features attributed to Si (Al)-O stretching and bending vibration modes do not show significant differences from those of unheated zeolites.

  5. Geological, mineralogical and geochemical characteristics of zeolite deposits associated with borates in the Bigadi, Emet and Kirka Neogene lacustrine basins, western Turkey

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gndogdu, M. N.; Yalin, H.; Temel, A.; Clauer, N.


    The Bigadi, Emet and Kirka lacustrine basins of western Turkey may be considered as Tibet-type graben structures that were developed during the Miocene within the Izmir-Ankara suture zone complex. The volcanic-sedimentary successions of these basins are made up of mudstone, carbonate (limestone and dolomite) and detrital rocks, and also of crystal or vitric tuffs about 135 to 200 m thick. The Degirmenli (Bigadi), Emirler (Bigadi) Kpenez (Emet) and Kararen (Kirka) tuffs constituting the zeolite deposits are situated beneath four borate deposits (colemanite, ulexite, borax). The most abundant diagenetic silicate minerals are K- and Ca-clinoptilolites in the zeolite deposits, and Li-rich trioctahedral smectites (stevensite, saponite and hectorite) and K-feldspar in the borate deposits. In the Degirmenli, Emirler, Kpenez and Kararen deposits, the following diagenetic facies were developed from rhyolitic glasses rich in K and poor in Na: (glass+smectite), (K-clinoptilolite+opal-CT), (Ca-clinoptilolite+K-feldsparanalcime quartz) and (K-feldspar+analcime+quartz). K-feldspar which is also rarely associated with phillipsite (Kararen) and heulandite (Degirmenli and Kararen), succeeds clinoptilolite and precedes analcime in these diagenetic facies where dioctahedral smectites, opal-CT and quartz are the latest minerals. No diagenetic transformations exist between clinoptilolite, K-feldspar and analcime that were formed directly from glass. The lateral facies distributions resulted from the differences in salinity and pH of pore water trapped during deposition of the tuffs, but vertical distributions in vitric tuffs seem to have been controlled by the glass/liquid ratio of the reacting system and the permeability or diffusion rate of alkali elements. The Bigadi, Emet and Kirka zeolite deposits which were formed in saline basins rich in Ca and Mg ions, show similar chemical changes, i.e. loss of alkalis and gain in alkaline-earth elements that have taken place during the diagenetic transformation of rhyolitic glasses to dioctahedral smectites or clinoptilolite. The absence of sodic zeolites such as mordenite, erionite, chabazite and silica-rich phillipsite is mainly due to the very high K/Na ratio of the starting materials rather than initial alkaline conditions or high Na content in lake waters.

  6. Structure-property relationship of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and physisorbed off-gas radionuclides.

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    Nenoff, Tina Maria; Chupas, Peter J.; Garino, Terry J.; Rodriguez, Mark Andrew; Chapman, Karena W.; Sava, Dorina Florentina


    We report on the host-guest interactions between metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) with various profiles and highly polarizable molecules (iodine), with emphasis on identifying preferential sorption sites in these systems. Radioactive iodine 129I, along with other volatile radionuclides (3H, 14C, Xe and Kr), represents a relevant component in the off-gas resulted during nuclear fuel reprocessing. Due to its very long half-life, 15.7 x 106 years, and potential health risks in humans, its efficient capture and long-term storage is of great importance. The leading iodine capture technology to date is based on trapping iodine in silver-exchanged mordenite. Our interests are directed towards improving existent capturing technologies, along with developing novel materials and alternative waste forms. Herein we report the first study that systematically monitors iodine loading onto MOFs, an emerging new class of porous solid-state materials. In this context, MOFs are of particular interest as: (i) they serve as ideal high capacity storage media, (ii) they hold potential for the selective adsorption from complex streams, due to their high versatility and tunability. This work highlights studies on both newly developed in our lab, and known highly porous MOFs that all possess distinct characteristics (specific surface area, pore volume, pore size, and dimension of the window access to the pore). The materials were loaded to saturation, where elemental iodine was introduced from solution, as well as from vapor phase. Uptakes in the range of {approx}125-150 wt% I2 sorbed were achieved, indicating that these materials outperform all other solid adsorbents to date in terms of overall capacity. Additionally, the loaded materials can be efficiently encapsulated in stable waste forms, including as low temperature sintering glasses. Ongoing studies are focused on gathering qualitative information with respect to localizing the physisorbed iodine molecules within the frameworks: X-ray single-crystal analyses, in conjunction with high pressure differential pair distribution function (d-PDF) studies aimed to identify preferential sites in the pores, and improve MOFs robustness. Furthermore, durability studies on the iodine loaded MOFs and subsequent waste forms include thermal analyses, SEM/EDS elemental mapping, and leach-durability testing. We anticipate for this in-depth analysis to further aid the design of advanced materials, capable to address major hallmarks: safe capture, stability and durability over extended timeframes.

  7. Geology of the Mid-Miocene Rooster Comb Caldera and Lake Owyhee Volcanic Field, eastern Oregon: Silicic volcanism associated with Grande Ronde flood basalt

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    Benson, Thomas R.; Mahood, Gail A.


    The Lake Owyhee Volcanic Field (LOVF) of eastern Oregon consists of rhyolitic caldera centers and lava fields contemporaneous with and spatially related to Mid-Miocene Columbia River flood basalt volcanism. Previous studies delineated two calderas in the southeastern part of LOVF near Owyhee Reservoir, the result of eruptions of two ignimbrites, the Tuff of Leslie Gulch and the Tuff of Spring Creek. Our new interpretation is that these two map units are differentially altered parts of a single ignimbrite produced in a major phreatomagmatic eruption at ~ 15.8 Ma. Areas previously mapped as Tuff of Spring Creek are locations where the ignimbrite contains abundant clinoptilolite ± mordenite, which made it susceptible to erosion. The resistant intracaldera Tuff of Leslie Gulch has an alteration assemblage of albite ± quartz, indicative of low-temperature hydrothermal alteration. Our new mapping of caldera lake sediments and pre- and post-caldera rhyolitic lavas and intrusions that are chemically similar to intracaldera Tuff of Leslie Gulch point to a single ~ 20 × 25 km caldera, which we name the Rooster Comb Caldera. Erosion of the resurgently uplifted southern half of the caldera created dramatic exposures of intracaldera Tuff of Leslie Gulch cut by post-caldera rhyolite dikes and intrusions that are the deeper-level equivalents of lava domes and flows that erupted into the caldera lake preserved in exposures to the northeast. The Rooster Comb Caldera has features in common with more southerly Mid-Miocene calderas of the McDermitt Volcanic Field and High Rock Caldera Complex, including formation in a basinal setting shortly after flood basalt eruptions ceased in the region, and forming on eruption of peralkaline ignimbrite. The volcanism at Rooster Comb Caldera postdates the main activity at McDermitt and High Rock, but, like it, begins ~ 300 ky after flood basalt volcanism begins in the area, and while flood basalts don't erupt through the silicic focus, are contemporaneous with the latest stages of eruptions nearby. High Rock and McDermitt rhyolites are associated with propagation of Steens Basalt dikes to the south, and LOVF rhyolites with later propagation of Grande Ronde Basalt dikes to the north and north-northwest.


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    The operational requirements for the River Protection Project - Waste Treatment Plant (RPP-WTP) Low Activity Waste (LAW) and High Level Waste (HLW) melter systems, together with the feed constituents, impose a number of challenges to the off-gas treatment system. The system must be robust from the standpoints of operational reliability and minimization of maintenance. The system must effectively control and remove a wide range of solid particulate matter, acid mists and gases, and organic constituents (including those arising from products of incomplete combustion of sugar and organics in the feed) to concentration levels below those imposed by regulatory requirements. The baseline design for the RPP-WTP LAW primary off-gas system includes a submerged bed scrubber (SBS), a wet electrostatic precipitator (WESP), and a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. The secondary off-gas system includes a sulfur-impregnated activated carbon bed (AC-S), a thermal catalytic oxidizer (TCO), a single-stage selective catalytic reduction NOx treatment system (SCR), and a packed-bed caustic scrubber (PBS). The baseline design for the RPP-WTP HLW primary off-gas system includes an SBS, a WESP, a high efficiency mist eliminator (HEME), and a HEPA filter. The HLW secondary off-gas system includes a sulfur-impregnated activated carbon bed, a silver mordenite bed, a TCO, and a single-stage SCR. The one-third scale HLW DM1200 Pilot Melter installed at the Vitreous State Laboratory (VSL) was equipped with a prototypical off-gas train to meet the needs for testing and confirmation of the performance of the baseline off-gas system design. Various modifications have been made to the DM1200 system as the details of the WTP design have evolved, including the installation of a silver mordenite column and an AC-S column for testing on a slipstream of the off-gas flow; the installation of a full-flow AC-S bed for the present tests was completed prior to initiation of testing. The DM1200 system was reconfigured to enable testing of the baseline HLW or LAW off-gas trains to perform off-gas emissions testing with both LAW and HLW simulants in the present work. During 2002 and 2003, many of these off-gas components were tested individually and in an integrated manner with the DM1200 Pilot Melter. Data from these tests are being used to support engineering design confirmation and to provide data to support air permitting activities. In fiscal year 2004, the WTP Project was directed by the Office of River Protection (ORP) to comply with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) requirements for organics. This requires that the combined melter and off-gas system have destruction and removal efficiency (DRE) of >99.99% for principal organic dangerous constituents (PODCs). In order to provide confidence that the melter and off-gas system are able to achieve the required DRE, testing has been directed with both LAW and HLW feeds. The tests included both 'normal' and 'challenge' WTP melter conditions in order to obtain data for the potential range of operating conditions for the WTP melters and off-gas components. The WTP Project, Washington State Department of Ecology, and ORP have agreed that naphthalene will be used for testing to represent semi-volatile organics and allyl alcohol will be used to represent volatile organics. Testing was also performed to determine emissions of halides, metals, products of incomplete combustion (PICs), dioxins, furans, coplanar PCBs, total hydrocarbons, and COX and NOX, as well as the particle size distribution (PSD) of particulate matter discharged at the end of the off-gas train. A description of the melter test requirements and analytical methods used is provided in the Test Plan for this work. Test Exceptions were subsequently issued which changed the TCO catalyst, added total organic emissions (TOE) to exhaust sampling schedule, and allowing modification of the test conditions in response to attainable plenum temperatures as well as temperature increases in the sulfur impregnated activated carbon (AC-S) column. Data are provided in this final report for all the required emission samples as well as melter and off-gas conditions during all the sampling periods. Appended to this report are previously issued VSL Letter Reports on method development for monitoring allyl alcohol in melter exhaust streams, on the results of characterization of the selected AC-S carbon media (Donnau BAT37), and on DM1200 off-line tests on the AC-S bed; also appended are reports from Air Tech on emissions sampling, and reports from Keika Ventures on validation of analytical data provided by Severn Trent Laboratories of Knoxville, Tennessee.

  9. Internal load management in eutrophic, anoxic environments. The role of natural zeolite.

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    Gianni, Areti; Zacharias, Ierotheos


    During the last decades, the increase of the nutrient and organic load inflows in the coastal zone increased the number of the anoxic environments. Inputs' control constitutes one of the basic practices for the eutrophic/anoxic aquatic ecosystems management. However, the induced changes at the ecosystem characteristics resulting from the trophic state alteration, and anoxic conditions prevalence, render the ecosystem's restoration difficult if not impossible. Bottom water anoxia accelerates PO43-, NH4+ and S2- recycling and accumulation from organic matter decomposition. This, toxic layer is a permanent menace for the balance of the entire ecosystem, as it can supply PO43-, NH4+ and S2- to the surface layers altering their qualitative character and threatening the welfare of fishes and other aquatic organisms. Having as objective the water basins' internal load control and based on practices are used in eutrophic environments' restoration, this study is referred to the role of the natural zeolite in eutrophic/anoxic ecosystems management. For the first time are presented, results from S2- removal experiments using the zeolitic mineral mordenite, [(Na2, Ca, K2)4 (H2O)28] [Al8Si40O96]. Four different sets of experiments were conducted, in order to examine zeolite's removal capacity of S2- in aquatic solutions, under a wide range of physicochemical parameters. More specific: a) the effect of initial pH on the removal process, b) the removal process kinetics, c) the removal process isotherms and d) the effect of salinity on the removal process were studied. Natural zeolite has the ability to neutralize the pH of aqueous solutions, thus all the experiments were practically performed at pH 7. Initially sulfides concentration range from 1 to 10mg/l. Zeolite's removal capability appeared to be directly depended on the S2- initial concentration. For initial concentration of 1mg/l, the removal rate reached up to 90% after 24h. The maximum zeolite removal capacity was calculated equal to 123.1 10-3 mg/g S2-. Zeolite removal capacity varied by about 10% as the solution's salinity varied from 0 to 35. This study emphasizes in the zeolite ability to remove dissolved sulfides from aqueous solutions. According to literature, natural zeolite is particularly effective in removing ammonium from aquatic solutions, while due to its negative charge zeolite doesn't adsorb phosphate ions. However, in the presence of cations (Ca+2, Na+, K+) in the aquatic solution it turns to the appropriate substrate for the formed phosphate salts. In conclusion, zeolite is a natural inert material, capable to remove from aqueous solutions forms of nitrogen, phosphorus and sulfur. Due to this ability zeolite could play a key role, in eutrophic/anoxic environments restoration efforts, since PO43-, NH4+ and H2S constitute the three aspects of the problem called anoxic basins' internal load.

  10. Development of Composite Adsorbents for LLW Treatment and Their Adsorption Properties for Cs and Sr - 13127

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    Susa, Shunsuke; Mimura, Hitoshi; Ito, Yoshiyuki; Saito, Yasuo


    In this study, the composite adsorbents (KCoFC-NM (NM: natural mordenite), KCoFC-SG (SG: porous silica gel), AMP-SG and so on) were prepared by impregnation-precipitation methods. As for the distribution properties, the largest K{sub d,Cs} value of 3.8 x 10{sup 4} cm{sup 3}/g was obtained for KCoFC-SG (Davi.) composite. KCoFC-SG (NH, MB5D) and T-KCFC also had relatively large K{sub d,Cs} values above 1.0 x 10{sup 4} cm{sup 3}/g. The uptake rate of Cs{sup +} ions was examined by batch method. KCoFC-SG (NH, MB5D) and AMP-SG (Davi.) had relatively large uptake rate of Cs{sup +}, and the uptake attained equilibrium within 1 h. The maximum uptake capacity of Cs{sup +} ions was estimated to be above 0.5 mmol/g for KCoFC-NM and KCoFC-CP composites. KCoFC-X composite had a relatively large uptake capacity of Cs{sup +} ions (0.23 mmol/g > 0.17 mmol/g (T-KCFC)) and this composite also had a selectivity towards Sr{sup 2+} ions; KCoFC-X is effective adsorbent for both Cs{sup +} and Sr{sup 2+} ions. The largest value of K{sub d,Sr} was estimated to be 218 cm{sup 3}/g for titanic acid-PAN. Titanic acid-PAN had the largest uptake rate of Sr{sup 2+} ions, and the uptake attained equilibrium within 8 h. Adsorbability of other nuclides was further examined by batch method. All adsorbents had adsorbability for Rb{sup +} and RuNO{sup 3+} ions. KCoFC-SG (NH), KCoFC-CP and T-KCFC had higher selectivity towards Cs{sup +} than other adsorbents; these adsorbents had adsorbability to Cs{sup +} ions even in the presence of Ba{sup 2+}, Ca{sup 2+} and Mg{sup 2+} ions. The separation factor of K{sub d,Sr}/K{sub d,Ba} for titanic acid-PAN was about 1, indicating that the K{sub d,Sr} for titanic acid-PAN tends to decrease with Ba{sup 2+} concentration. As for the breakthrough properties, the largest 5 % breakpoint and 5 % breakthrough capacity of Cs{sup +} ions were estimated to be 47.1 cm{sup 3} and 0.07 mmol/g for the column of KCoFC-SG (NH), respectively. The order of 5 % breakthrough capacity of Cs{sup +} is as follows; KCoFC-SG (NH) > KCoFC-NM > KCoFC-SG (Q-10) > T-KCFC > KCoFC-X > KCoFC-CP. From the results of batch and column experiments, the composite adsorbent of KCoFC-SG (NH) was effective for the uptake of Cs{sup +} ions, and KCoFC-X composite was useful for the uptake of both Cs{sup +} and Sr{sup 2+} ions. The estimation of irradiation stability and the uptake properties using the actual wastes are further essential for the practical operation. (authors)

  11. Closed Fuel Cycle Waste Treatment Strategy

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    Vienna, J. D.; Collins, E. D.; Crum, J. V.; Ebert, W. L.; Frank, S. M.; Garn, T. G.; Gombert, D.; Jones, R.; Jubin, R. T.; Maio, V. C.; Marra, J. C.; Matyas, J.; Nenoff, T. M.; Riley, B. J.; Sevigny, G. J.; Soelberg, N. R.; Strachan, D. M.; Thallapally, P. K.; Westsik, J. H.


    This study is aimed at evaluating the existing waste management approaches for nuclear fuel cycle facilities in comparison to the objectives of implementing an advanced fuel cycle in the U.S. under current legal, regulatory, and logistical constructs. The study begins with the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP) Integrated Waste Management Strategy (IWMS) (Gombert et al. 2008) as a general strategy and associated Waste Treatment Baseline Study (WTBS) (Gombert et al. 2007). The tenets of the IWMS are equally valid to the current waste management study. However, the flowsheet details have changed significantly from those considered under GNEP. In addition, significant additional waste management technology development has occurred since the GNEP waste management studies were performed. This study updates the information found in the WTBS, summarizes the results of more recent technology development efforts, and describes waste management approaches as they apply to a representative full recycle reprocessing flowsheet. Many of the waste management technologies discussed also apply to other potential flowsheets that involve reprocessing. These applications are occasionally discussed where the data are more readily available. The report summarizes the waste arising from aqueous reprocessing of a typical light-water reactor (LWR) fuel to separate actinides for use in fabricating metal sodium fast reactor (SFR) fuel and from electrochemical reprocessing of the metal SFR fuel to separate actinides for recycle back into the SFR in the form of metal fuel. The primary streams considered and the recommended waste forms include; Tritium in low-water cement in high integrity containers (HICs); Iodine-129: As a reference case, a glass composite material (GCM) formed by the encapsulation of the silver Mordenite (AgZ) getter material in a low-temperature glass is assumed. A number of alternatives with distinct advantages are also considered including a fused silica waste form with encapsulated nano-sized AgI crystals; Carbon-14 immobilized as a CaCO3 in a cement waste form; Krypton-85 stored as a compressed gas; An aqueous reprocessing high-level waste (HLW) raffinate waste immobilized by the vitrification process; An undissolved solids (UDS) fraction from aqueous reprocessing of LWR fuel either included in the borosilicate HLW glass or immobilized in the form of a metal alloy or titanate ceramics; Zirconium-based LWR fuel cladding hulls and stainless steel (SS) fuel assembly hardware super-compacted for disposal or purified for reuse (or disposal as low-level waste, LLW) of Zr by reactive gas separations; Electrochemical process salt HLW incorporated into a glass bonded Sodalite waste form; and Electrochemical process UDS and SS cladding hulls melted into an iron based alloy waste form. Mass and volume estimates for each of the recommended waste forms based on the source terms from a representative flowsheet are reported. In addition to the above listed primary waste streams, a range of secondary process wastes are generated by aqueous reprocessing of LWR fuel, metal SFR fuel fabrication, and electrochemical reprocessing of SFR fuel. These secondary wastes have been summarized and volumes estimated by type and classification. The important waste management data gaps and research needs have been summarized for each primary waste stream and selected waste process.

  12. Tephra Deposits in Lake Mead Miocene Sediments: Characteristics, Chronology, and Sources

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    Dunbar, N. W.; McIntosh, W. C.; Umhoefer, P. J.; Lamb, M. A.; Hickson, T.


    The Lake Mead extensional domain, in the east central Basin and Range Province, contains Miocene basin sediments that have undergone complex faulting and deformation. A rich tephra record in the basin sediments provides a chronological and correlation framework that can help understand the depositional and deformational processes during Miocene and post-Miocene time. The tephra layers, up to 10s of cm thick, range from white deposits containing glassy shards to bright green layers in which all original glass has been altered to the zeolite mordenite. The tephra layers range from aphyric to extremely crystal rich. Many appear to be primary ashfall deposits based on depositional geometry, uniform crystal size, and good preservation of glass or relict glass shard structures. However, some layers show evidence of reworking as evidenced by variable crystal size, and the presence of plutonic feldspar and rock fragments. Electron microprobe analyses of preserved glass reveal that compositions of almost all of the tephra layers are high silica rhyolite, typically with FeO and CaO contents of 1wt% or lower. Where present, the glass in the tephra layers is invariably hydrated, consistent with their age, but although the alkali concentrations in the glass are likely to have been modified by the hydration process, other elements, particularly Fe, Ca, Ti, and Cl appear to yield robust concentrations. The compositions of individual layers with respect to these elements are very homogeneous, based on analysis of 20-30 glass shards per sample, and can be used to correlate individual tephra layers between different parts of the sedimentary basin, although a number of layers have very similar compositions. Some higher Fe rhyolites/dacites (up to 4 wt.% FeO) are also observed. Crystal-bearing tephra layers contain some combination of quartz, one or two feldspars (typically a chemically uniform sanidine and a range of plagioclase compositions), biotite, amphibole, and magnetite. Variation is observed in the crystal size (close to 1 mm down to 10 um) and content (close to 50% to aphyric) of different tephra layers. For correlation of tephra layers with no glass, precisely measured K content of sanidine, along with the range of Ba concentration has proved to be most useful, although this criteria is more robust when suggesting non-correlations, because there appear to be instances where different eruptions have identical sanidine composition. 40Ar/39Ar age determinations on sanidine crystals reveal a large age range in tephra layers from the Lake Mead sedimentary basin, with the oldest tephra erupted at 22.880.02 Ma and the youngest at 12.930.02. Other tephra have ages of 13.200.04, 13.430.02, 14.200.05, 14.620.01, 15.090.02, 15.350.06, 15.670.07, 16.290.11, and 18.410.04. The chronology, geochemistry and coarse grain size of many of the tephra layers suggest derivation from either the Southwest Nevada Volcanic Field or the Caliente Caldera area. The tephra erupted at 12.930.02 is chronologically and geochemically similar to the very large Topopah Tuff eruption, and the 18.410.04 tephra may be related to the Caliente Caldera Hiko Canyon/Racer Canyon events. However, a set of finer grained, Fe-rich and/or anorthoclase-bearing tephra layers may have been erupted further afield, likely being related to Miocene Yellowstone plume track volcanism.

  13. Geothermometry, geochronology, and mass transfer associated with hydrothermal alteration of a rhyolitic hyaloclastite from Ponza Island, Italy

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    Altaner, S.P.; Ylagan, R.F.; Savin, S.M.; Aronson, J.L.; Belkin, H.E.; Pozzuoli, A.


    A rhyolitic hyaloclastite from Ponza Island, Italy, was hydrothermally altered, producing four distinct alteration zones based on X-ray diffraction mineralogy and field textures: (1) nonpervasive argillic zone; (2) propylitic zone; (3) silicic zone; and (4) sericitic zone. The unaltered hyaloclastite is volcanic breccia with clasts of vesiculated obsidian in a matrix of predominantly pumice lapilli. Incomplete alteration of the hyaloclastite resulted in the nonpervasive argillic zone, characterized by smectite and disordered opal-CT. The other three zones exhibit more complete alteration of the hyaloclastite. The propylitic zone is characterized by mixed-layer illite-smectite (I-S) with 10 to 85% I, mordenite, opal-C, and authigenic K-feldspar (akspar). The silicic zone is characterized by I-S with ???90% I, pure illite, quartz, akspar, and occasional albite. The sericitic zone consists primarily of I-S with ???66% I, pure illite, quartz, and minor akspar and pyrite. K/Ar dates of I-S indicate hydrothermal alteration occurred at 3.38 ?? 0.08 Ma. Oxygen isotope compositions of I-S systematically decrease from zones 1 to 4. In the argillic zone, smectite has ??18 O values of 21.7 to 22.0??? and I-S from the propylitic, silicic, and sericitic zones ranges from 14.5 to 16.3???, 12.5 to 14.0???, and 8.6 to 11.9???, respectively. ??18 O values for quartz from the silicic and sericitic zones range from 12.6 to 15.9???. By use of isotope fractionation equations and data from authigenic quartz-hosted primary fluid inclusions, alteration temperatures ranged from 50 to 65 ??C for the argillic zone, 85 to 125 ??C for the propylitic zone, 110 to 210 ??C for the silicic zone, and 145 to 225 ??C for the sericitic zone. Fluid inclusion data and calculated ??18 O water values indicate that hydrothermal fluids were seawater dominated. Mass-transfer calculations indicate that hydrothermal alteration proceeded in a relatively open chemical system and alteration in the sericitic zone involved the most extensive loss of chemical species, especially Si. Systematic gains in Mg occur in all alteration zones as a result of I-S clay mineral formation, and systematic losses of Na, Ca, and K occur in most zones. With the exception of Ca, calculations of mass transfer associated with hydrothermal alteration on Ponza agree with chemical fluxes observed in laboratory experiments involving hydrothermal reactions of rhyolite and seawater. The anomalous Ca loss at Ponza may be due to hydrothermal formation of anhydrite and later low-temperature dissolution. On the basis of Mg enrichments derived from circulating seawater, we estimate the following minimum water/rock ratios: 9, 3, 6, and 9 for the argillic, propylitic, silicic, and sericitic zones, respectively. Hydrothermal fluid pH for the propylitic and silicic zones was neutral to slightly basic and relatively acidic for the sericitic zone as a result of condensation of carbonic and perhaps other acids. Copyright ?? 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd.

  14. Stratigraphy, structure, and some petrographic features of Tertiary volcanic rocks in the USW G-2 drill hole, Yucca Mountain, Nye County, Nevada

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    Maldonado, Florian; Koether, S.L.


    A continuously cored drill hole designated as USW G-2, located at Yucca Mountain in southwestern Nevada, penetrated 1830.6 m of Tertiary volcanic strata composed of abundant silicic ash-flow tuffs, minor lava and flow breccias, and subordinate volcaniclastic rocks. The volcanic strata penetrated are comprised of the following in descending order: Paintbrush Tuff (Tiva Canyon Member, Yucca Mountain Member, bedded tuff, Pah Canyon Member, and Topopah Spring Member), tuffaceous beds of Calico Hills, Crater Flat Tuff (Prow Pass Member, Bullfrog Member, and Tram unit), lava and flow breccia (rhyodacitic), tuff of Lithic Ridge, bedded and ash-flow tuff, lava and flow breccia (rhyolitic, quartz latitic, and dacitic), bedded tuff, conglomerate and ash-flow tuff, and older tuffs of USW G-2. Comparison of unit thicknesses at USW G-2 to unit thicknesses at previously drilled holes at Yucca Mountain indicate the following: (1) thickening of the Paintbrush Tuff members and tuffaceous beds of Calico Hills toward the northern part of Yucca Mountain; (2) thickening of the Prow Pass Member but thinning of the Bullfrog Member and Tram unit; (3) thinning of the tuff of Lithic Ridge; (4) presence of approximately 280 m of lava and flow breccia not previously penetrated by any drill hole; and (5) presence of an ash-flow tuff unit at the bottom of the drill hole not previously intersected, apparently the oldest unit penetrated at Yucca Mountain to date. Petrographic features of some of the units include: (1) decrease in quartz and K-feldspar and increases in biotite and plagioclase with depth in the tuffaceous beds of Calico Hills; (2) an increase in quartz phenocrysts from the top to the bottom members of the Crater Flat Tuff; (3) a low quartz content in the tuff of Lithic Ridge, suggesting tapping of the magma chamber at quartz-poor levels; (4) a change in zeolitic alteration from heulandite to clinoptilolite to mordenite with increasing depth; (5) lavas characterized by a rhyolitic top and dacitic base, suggesting reverse compositional zoning; and (6) presence of hydrothermal mineralization in the lavas that could be related to an intrusive under Yucca Mountain or to volcanism associated with the Timber Mountain-Claim Canyon caldera complex. A fracture analysis of the core resulted n tabulation of 7,848 fractures, predominately open and high angle. The fractures were filled or coated with material in various combinations and include the following in decreasing abundance: CaCo3, iron oxides and hydroxides, SiO2, manganese oxides and hydroxides, clays and zeolites. An increase in the intensity of fracturing can be correlated with the following: (1) densely welded zones, (2) lithophysal zones, (3) vitrophyre, (4) silicified zones, (5) fault zones, and (6) cooling joints. Numerous fault zones were penetrated by the drill hole, predominately in the lithophysal zone of the Topopah Spring Member and below the tuffaceous beds of Calico Hills. The faults are predominately high angle with both a vertical and lateral component. Three major faults were penetrated, two of which intersect the ground surface, with displacements of at least 20 m and possibly as much as 52 m. The faults and some fractures are probably related to the regional doming of the area associated with the volcanism-tectonism of the Timber Mountain-Claim Canyon caldera complex, and to Basin and Range tectonism.

  15. Hanford Site Secondary Waste Roadmap

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    Westsik, Joseph H.


    Summary The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is making plans to dispose of 54 million gallons of radioactive tank wastes at the Hanford Site near Richland, Washington. The high-level wastes and low-activity wastes will be vitrified and placed in permanent disposal sites. Processing of the tank wastes will generate secondary wastes, including routine solid wastes and liquid process effluents, and these need to be processed and disposed of also. The Department of Energy Office of Waste Processing sponsored a meeting to develop a roadmap to outline the steps necessary to design the secondary waste forms. Representatives from DOE, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Washington State Department of Ecology, the Oregon Department of Energy, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, technical experts from the DOE national laboratories, academia, and private consultants convened in Richland, Washington, during the week of July 21-23, 2008, to participate in a workshop to identify the risks and uncertainties associated with the treatment and disposal of the secondary wastes and to develop a roadmap for addressing those risks and uncertainties. This report describes the results of the roadmap meeting in Richland. Processing of the tank wastes will generate secondary wastes, including routine solid wastes and liquid process effluents. The secondary waste roadmap workshop focused on the waste streams that contained the largest fractions of the 129I and 99Tc that the Integrated Disposal Facility risk assessment analyses were showing to have the largest contribution to the estimated IDF disposal impacts to groundwater. Thus, the roadmapping effort was to focus on the scrubber/off-gas treatment liquids with 99Tc to be sent to the Effluent Treatment Facility for treatment and solidification and the silver mordenite and carbon beds with the captured 129I to be packaged and sent to the IDF. At the highest level, the secondary waste roadmap includes elements addressing regulatory and performance requirements, waste composition, preliminary waste form screening, waste form development, process design and support, and validation. The regulatory and performance requirements activity will provide the secondary waste-form performance requirements. The waste-composition activity will provide workable ranges of secondary waste compositions and formulations for simulants and surrogates. Preliminary waste form screening will identify candidate waste forms for immobilizing the secondary wastes. The waste form development activity will mature the waste forms, leading to a selected waste form(s) with a defensible understanding of the long-term release rate and input into the critical decision process for a secondary waste treatment process/facility. The process and design support activity will provide a reliable process flowsheet and input to support a robust facility design. The validation effort will confirm that the selected waste form meets regulatory requirements. The final outcome of the implementation of the secondary waste roadmap is the compliant, effective, timely, and cost-effective disposal of the secondary wastes. The work necessary to address the programmatic, regulatory, and technical risks and uncertainties identified through the Secondary Waste Roadmap Workshop are assembled into several program needs elements. Programmatic/Regulatory needs include: • Select and deploy Hanford tank waste supplemental treatment technology • Provide treatment capability for secondary waste streams from tank waste treatment • Develop consensus on secondary waste form acceptance. Technology needs include: • Define secondary waste composition ranges and uncertainties • Identify and develop waste forms for secondary waste immobilization and disposal • Develop test methods to characterize secondary waste form performance. Details for each of these program elements are provided.

  16. Erionite and other fibrous zeolites in volcanic environments: the need for a risk assessment in Italy

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    Cavallo, A.; Rimoldi, B.


    In many European countries in the '90s there was a significant increase in mortality linked to mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung, involving pleural, pericardial and peritoneal mesothelial cells, which unfortunately has no cure at present. Though most of these cases have been attributed to t asbestos, in Italy at least 17% of cases of mesothelioma is still not fully explained. In the years between 1990 and 2000, it was discovered that the inhalation of erionite fibers (a zeolite group mineral, that can be found in altered volcanic rocks) was the cause of a regional epidemic of mesothelioma in some villages of Cappadocia (Turkey). Erionite, in fact, was recently included in Class 1 (highly carcinogenic) by the World Health Organization, up to 800 times more carcinogenic than asbestos; on the other hand, little is known about the toxicity of other fibrous zeolites, commonly intergrown with erionite, such as offretite and mordenite. Erionite was reported in different regions of Italy; nevertheless, a systematic mapping of its distribution, the quantification of its presence in rocks and data about airborne fibers are still missing. We carried out first preliminary sampling in Veneto, in Tertiary volcanic rocks, mainly hydrothermally altered basalts. The first mineralogical investigations by means of XRPD, SEM-EDS and OM confirmed the presence of small amounts of erionite and abundant fibrous offretite, in vugs of basaltic rocks. Intergrowths and overgrowths with other fibrous minerals are quite common, and the morphological-chemical similarities among these zeolites pose a special analytical problem, with the need of combining different techniques. Our first findings, combined with the fact that zeolites are important industrial minerals, emphasize the need of a risk assessment in Italy and Europe, because there are no systematic studies on the distribution of erionite or similar fibrous zeolites in the environment. The knowledge of the epidemiology of mesothelioma linked to erionite in Italy is extremely scarce: INAIL, through its database of occupational diseases, can provide essential information for epidemiological research. An effective risk assessment in Italy will require coordinated actions from government agencies, local health authorities, Universities and research centers, in order to record the actual presence of fibrous zeolites, recognizing mineral species and quantifying their abundance in rock deposits. The different geological conditions through time of volcanic deposits will be compared with an updated "database" on the physical-chemical-geological conditions of formation of zeolites. In sites where the presence of fibrous zeolites has been validated by laboratory tests, we will proceed with accurate field surveys and sampling campaigns, in order to determine detailed geological-stratigraphic and structural features, and resolving precisely the thickness, areal extent and volume of lithostratigraphic units containing these minerals. These data will be entered into a GIS to produce a result that can be used immediately and in the long-period by research institutes, local authorities and regional agencies for environmental protection. In sites where the presence of hazardous fibrous minerals has been validated, we will plan airborne fibers sampling campaigns, and we will assess the extent of airborne dispersion produced by natural agents and by man activity. In the case that these sites host active mining or quarrying activities, we will quantify the airborne fibers contamination at workplaces and propose measures for environmental risk mitigation.

  17. Milestone Report - M3FT-15OR03120211 - Complete Iodine Loading of NO Aged Ag0-functionalized Aerogel

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    Bruffey, Stephanie H.; Patton, Kaara K.; Jubin, Robert Thomas


    In off-gas treatment systems within a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant, capture materials will be exposed to a gas stream for extended periods during their lifetime. This gas stream may be at elevated temperature and could contain water, NOx gas, or a variety of other constituents. For this reason, it is important to understand the effects of long-term exposure, or aging, on proposed capture materials. One material under consideration for iodine sequestration is silver-functionalized silica aerogel (Ag0-aerogel). The aim of this study was to determine the effect of extended exposure at 150°C to an air stream containing NO on the iodine capture capacity of Ag0-aerogel. Ag0-aerogel was provided by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), which manufactures the material at a lab scale. Prior to aging, the material has an iodine loading capacity of approximately 290 mg I/g Ag0-aerogel. Previous studies have aged the material in a dry air stream or in a moist air stream for up to 6 months. Both tests resulted in a 22% loss in iodine capacity. Aging the material in a static 2% NO2 environment for up to 2 months results in a 15% loss of iodine capacity.3 In this study, exposure of Ag0-aerogel to 1% NO at 150°C for 2 months produced a loss of 43% in iodine loading capacity. This is largest loss observed for aerogel aging studies to date. The performance of Ag0-aerogel in this study was compared to the performance of reduced silver mordenite (Ag0Z) in similar studies. Ag0Z is a zeolite mineral considered to be the current standard technology for iodine removal from off-gas streams of a potential US used fuel processing plant. In an aging study exposing Ag0Z to 1% NO for 2 months, an iodine capacity loss of over 80% was observed. This corresponds to a silver utilization of 13.5% for 2 month NO-aged Ag0Z, compared to 57% silver utilization for 2 month NO-aged aerogel. While iodine loading capacity and silver utilization are critical parameters in evaluating these materials, other properties must also be considered when selecting the appropriate material (e.g., relative material densities and potential waste form production technology). The resistance of Ag0-aerogel to NO is promising, and investigations of this material for use in iodine capture should continue to be pursued.

  18. Impact Materials of Takamatsu Crater in Japan

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Miura, Y.; Okamoto, M.; Fukuchi, T.


    Shocked quartz materials have been found in Japanese K.T boundary (Hokkaido) and mountains of middle main-islands of Japan, though there are few direct evidence of "natural circular structure" on the surface in Japan. However circular structure has been recently found as a buried crater(up to 150m deep) [1] which is ca. 4km in diameter with -10 mgal of Bouguer gravity anomaly from surrounding Rhyoke granitic region of the southern part of Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture, northeast Shikoku, Japan [1,2,3]. Two boring cores of 300m deep near small mountains inside the crater could not reach the bottom of the crater so far. From model calculation of the negative gravity anomaly, the Takamatsu crater shows deep basin structure up to 1.4km. If the Takamatsu crater is considered to be only impact crater, it is difficult to discuss only surface materials on the crater. But anomalous minerals are found only around small volcanic intrusions inside the crater, which the mixed minerals are clearly different with those of other volcanic intrusions of the Yashima and Goshikidai outside the crater [1,2,3]. The small volcanic intrusions are not origin of large Takamatsu crater, because the small volcanic intrusions are found on whole areas of Kagawa Prefecture. Major different activity of the small intrusions inside the crater is to bring the brecciated materials of the interior (esp. crater sediments). The xenolith materials around only volcanic intrusion of andesite are divided into the following four major mineral materials:(a) round pebble fragments from the Rhyoke granitic basement (Sampling No.15), (b) rock fragments from intruded biotite andesites (Nos. 2,15), (c) impact-induced fragments of shocked Quartz grains (Nos. 2,3,6,15), diaplectic feldspars (Nos. 2,3,6,15), silica glasses (Nos. 2,15) and small Fe-Ni metallic grains (No.15), and (d) small sedimentary fragments of halite and mordenite, as listed in Table 1. Table I, showing the characterization of surface samples around small intrusions of the Takamatsu crater, appears here in the hard copy. The following anomalous mixed materials are considered to be impact-induced origin: 1) Fe-Ni grains: Black glassy rocks at Jissojiyama (No. 15) contain irregularly Fe-Ni grains of 10 to 100 micrometers in diameter. Chemical composition of the small Fe+Ni grains varies from ca. 18~90 atom. % mixed with the major granitic components. Atomic ratios of Fe/Ni are the same of kamacite as 3.4 to 68.7, but differ from those of awaruite (Fe/Ni<0.5) from the deep seated rock of the interior of the Earth [4]. The similar tiny Fe grains are found on the Wolf Creek and Ries impact craters. 2) Shocked quartz with high-density and shock lamellae: Anomalous quartz grains with undulatory anomalous extinction and shock lamellae are found at the Hiyama (Nos. 2,3,6 in whitish fine rocks) and Jissoiiyama (No. 15 in black glass) as brecciated xenolith from the interior of crater sediments. Typical shocked quartz grain shows with two sets of shock lamellae along pi (102) crystallographic planes [5]. The main X-ray diffraction peaks of each Miller plane show high Bragg angle and X-ray density (Delta rho=+0.9+/-0.3%) and lower values (ca.- 0.4%) of each plane-distance of all shock-generated Plane deformation features (PDFs). The structural data of high density are the same of shocked quartz grains in terrestrial impact craters [6,7]. 3) Diaplectic feldspars: Shock-generated diaplectic feldspars with compositions of albite plagioclases with undulatory extinction are observed with dark or partly dark (i.e. diaplectic) glassy materials under cross-polarized microscope (Nos. 2,3,6,15). Crushed plagioclases with circular or ellipsoidal shape are also found at Hiyama (No. 6) and Hiraike (No. ll). Diffuse and irregular textures of feldspar fragments are different with other localities outside the crater [2,3]. 4) G1asses of potassium feldspar compositions: Many glassy fragments with flow texture are observed from fine-grained sediments around Hiyama (Nos. 2,3,6), which have potassium feldspars compositions by the AEM of high-silica (SiO2=78~85wt.%) without MgO [2]. K-Ar dating of the glassy breccias is 14.2 +/-0.7(Ma). This suggests that fine-grained breccias are mixed with Hiyama andesitic intrusion, suggesting that formation of the Takamatsu crater is older than small and many volcanic intrusions [2,3]. Therefore, the Takamatsu crater is considered to be the similar type of crater as buried impact crater followed by small volcanic intrusions [2,3]. The Takamatsu crater seems to be the first impact crater in Japan. Referenocs: [1] Y. Kono et al. (1994): ISAS Lunar and Planetary Symp.(Japan), 27, 67-70. [2] Y. Miura et al. (1995): Lunar. Planet. Sci.(USA), XXVI, 987-988. [3] Y. Miura et al.(1995): Antarctic Metcorites (NIPR), 2?, 163-165. [4] Y. Miura et al. (1981): Contrib. Mineral. Petr?l., 76, 17-23. ?5] R.A.F.Grieve et al.(l988): LPI Technical RePorl (USA), No.88-03, 89 pp. [6] Y. Miura (1991): Shock ?aves (Springer-Verlag), 1, 35-41. [7] Y. Miura et al. (1992): Celestial ?echanic? ?4 ?4 ?

  19. Final report on the safety assessment of aluminum silicate, calcium silicate, magnesium aluminum silicate, magnesium silicate, magnesium trisilicate, sodium magnesium silicate, zirconium silicate, attapulgite, bentonite, Fuller's earth, hectorite, kaolin, lithium magnesium silicate, lithium magnesium sodium silicate, montmorillonite, pyrophyllite, and zeolite.


    Elmore, Amy R


    This report reviews the safety of Aluminum, Calcium, Lithium Magnesium, Lithium Magnesium Sodium, Magnesium Aluminum, Magnesium, Sodium Magnesium, and Zirconium Silicates, Magnesium Trisilicate, Attapulgite, Bentonite, Fuller's Earth, Hectorite, Kaolin, Montmorillonite, Pyrophyllite, and Zeolite as used in cosmetic formulations. The common aspect of all these claylike ingredients is that they contain silicon, oxygen, and one or more metals. Many silicates occur naturally and are mined; yet others are produced synthetically. Typical cosmetic uses of silicates include abrasive, opacifying agent, viscosity-increasing agent, anticaking agent, emulsion stabilizer, binder, and suspending agent. Clay silicates (silicates containing water in their structure) primarily function as adsorbents, opacifiers, and viscosity-increasing agents. Pyrophyllite is also used as a colorant. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has ruled Attapulgite fibers >5 microm as possibly carcinogenic to humans, but fibers <5 microm were not classified as to their carcinogenicity to humans. Likewise, Clinoptilolite, Phillipsite, Mordenite, Nonfibrous Japanese Zeolite, and synthetic Zeolites were not classified as to their carcinogenicity to humans. These ingredients are not significantly toxic in oral acute or short-term oral or parenteral toxicity studies in animals. Inhalation toxicity, however, is readily demonstrated in animals. Particle size, fibrogenicity, concentration, and mineral composition had the greatest effect on toxicity. Larger particle size and longer and wider fibers cause more adverse effects. Magnesium Aluminum Silicate was a weak primary skin irritant in rabbits and had no cumulative skin irritation in guinea pigs. No gross effects were reported in any of these studies. Sodium Magnesium Silicate had no primary skin irritation in rabbits and had no cumulative skin irritation in guinea pigs. Hectorite was nonirritating to the skin of rabbits in a Draize primary skin irritation study. Magnesium Aluminum Silicate and Sodium Magnesium Silicate caused minimal eye irritation in a Draize eye irritation test. Bentonite caused severe iritis after injection into the anterior chamber of the eyes of rabbits and when injected intralamellarly, widespread corneal infiltrates and retrocorneal membranes were recorded. In a primary eye irritation study in rabbits, Hectorite was moderately irritating without washing and practically nonirritating to the eye with a washout. Rats tolerated a single dose of Zeolite A without any adverse reaction in the eye. Calcium Silicate had no discernible effect on nidation or on maternal or fetal survival in rabbits. Magnesium Aluminum Silicate had neither a teratogenic nor adverse effects on the mouse fetus. Female rats receiving a 20% Kaolin diet exhibited maternal anemia but no significant reduction in birth weight of the pups was recorded. Type A Zeolite produced no adverse effects on the dam, embryo, or fetus in either rats or rabbits at any dose level. Clinoptilolite had no effect on female rat reproductive performance. These ingredients were not genotoxic in the Ames bacterial test system. In primary hepatocyte cultures, the addition of Attapulgite had no significant unscheduled DNA synthesis. Attapulgite did cause significant increases in unscheduled DNA synthesis in rat pleural mesothelial cells, but no significant increase in sister chromosome exchanges were seen. Zeolite particles (<10 microm) produced statistically significant increase in the percentage of aberrant metaphases in human peripheral blood lymphocytes and cells collected by peritoneal lavage from exposed mice. Topical application of Magnesium Aluminum Silicate to human skin daily for 1 week produced no adverse effects. Occupational exposure to mineral dusts has been studied extensively. Fibrosis and pneumoconiosis have been documented in workers involved in the mining and processing of Aluminum Silicate, Calcium Silicate, Zirconium Silicate, Fuller's Earth, Kaolin, Montmorillonite, Pyrophyllite, and Zeolite. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel concluded that the extensive pulmonary damage in humans was the result of direct occupational inhalation of the dusts and noted that lesions seen in animals were affected by particle size, fiber length, and concentration. The Panel considers that most of the formulations are not respirable and of the preparations that are respirable, the concentration of the ingredient is very low. Even so, the Panel considered that any spray containing these solids should be formulated to minimize their inhalation. With this admonition to the cosmetics industry, the CIR Expert Panel concluded that these ingredients are safe as currently used in cosmetic formulations. The Panel did note that the cosmetic ingredient, Talc, is a hydrated magnesium silicate. Because it has a unique crystalline structure that differs from ingredients addressed in this safety assessment, Talc is not included in this report. PMID:12851164

  20. Colloid-Facilitated Transport of Low-Solubility Radionuclides: A Field, Experimental, and Modeling Investigation

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    Kersting, A B; Reimus, P W; Abdel-Fattah, A; Allen, P G; Anghel, I; Benedict, F C; Esser, B K; Lu, N; Kung, K S; Nelson, J; Neu, M P; Reilly, S D; Smith, D K; Sylwester, E R; Wang, L; Ware, S D; Warren, RG; Williams, R W; Zavarin, M; Zhao, P


    For the last several years, the Underground Test Area (UGTA) program has funded a series of studies carried out by scientists to investigate the role of colloids in facilitating the transport of low-solubility radionuclides in groundwater, specifically plutonium (Pu). Although the studies were carried out independently, the overarching goals of these studies has been to determine if colloids in groundwater at the NTS can and will transport low-solubility radionuclides such as Pu, define the geochemical mechanisms under which this may or may not occur, determine the hydrologic parameters that may or may not enhance transport through fractures and provide recommendations for incorporating this information into future modeling efforts. The initial motivation for this work came from the observation in 1997 and 1998 by scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) that low levels of Pu originally from the Benham underground nuclear test were detected in groundwater from two different aquifers collected from wells 1.3 km downgradient (Kersting et al., 1999). Greater than 90% of the Pu and other radionuclides were associated with the naturally occurring colloidal fraction (< 1 micron particles) in the groundwater. The colloids consisted mainly of zeolite (mordenite, clinoptilolite/heulandite), clays (illite, smectite) and cristobalite (SiO{sub 2}). These minerals were also identified as alteration mineral components in the host rock aquifer, a rhyolitic tuff. The observation that Pu can and has migrated in the subsurface at the NTS has forced a rethinking of our basic assumptions regarding the mechanical and geochemical transport pathways of low-solubility radionuclides. If colloid-facilitated transport is the primary mechanism for transporting low-solubility radionuclides in the subsurface, then current transport models based solely on solubility arguments and retardation estimates may underestimate the flux and rate of Pu transport. Currently, the role of colloids in facilitating the transport of low-solubility radionuclides is not understood well enough to effectively model contaminant transport. A fundamental understanding of the role that colloids may or may not play in the transport of low-solubility radionuclides is needed in order to predict contaminant transport, design remediation strategies and provide risk assessments. Ryan and Elimelech (1996) have argued that in order to evaluate the potential for colloids to transport radionuclides, several criteria must be met: (1) colloids must exist and be stable, (2) radionuclides must have a high sorption affinity for the colloids, and (3) colloids must be transported. Only then can we understand the conditions where colloids can and will facilitate transport of radionuclides. In this report we compile the results from a series of field, laboratory and modeling studies funded by the UGTA program in order to evaluate the potential for colloids to transport low-solubility radionuclides at the NTS. The studies presented in this report fall under three general areas of investigation: Characterization of natural colloids in groundwater at NTS, Pu sorption/desorption experiments on colloid minerals identified in NTS groundwater, and Transport of Pu-doped colloids through fractured rock core. Chapter 1 is a background review of our current understanding of colloids and their role in facilitating contaminant transport. Chapters 2, and 3 are field studies that focused on characterizing natural colloids at different hydrologic environments at the NTS and address Ryan and Elimelech's (1996) first criteria regarding the existence and stability of colloids. Chapters 4, 5 and 6 are laboratory experimental studies that investigate the sorption/desorption behavior of Pu and other low-solubility radionuclides on colloid minerals observed in NTS groundwater. These studies evaluate Ryan and Elimelech's (1996) second criteria that the affinity of Pu for colloids must be high. Chapters 7, 8, 9, and 10 are laboratory studies that focus on whether colloids can be transported through fractures. These transport studies address Ryan and Elimelech's (1996) third criteria that colloids must be transported. Chapter 11 discusses the implications of the fracture flow experimental results. Chapter 12 provides recommendations for future work that would help reduce uncertainties associated with the prediction of colloid-facilitated radionuclide transport at the NTS.