Apatite is a natural mineral from the group of phosphate minerals. It originates primarily in rocks and converted limestones. It is also one of the few minerals produced and used by microeconomic systems. Due to its low solubility in water and high sorption capacity, apatite is a suitable sorbent for heavy metals and radionuclides removal from aqueous radioactive waste. Increasing amount of radioactive waste (RAW) has a negative impact on human health as well as on the environment. Production of RAW is constantly increasing because of the use of nuclear energy as well as by the development of nuclear medicine. The aim of this work was to study the effect of pH and various anions on the sorption of pertechnetate anions from aqueous solution to Sn-Apatite. Sn-Apatite samples used in the experiment were prepared by the wet precipitation method and adsorption of 99mTc was monitored by the radioisotope indication method. Sorption experiments were performed using the batch method. It was found that the sorption percentage was higher than 90 % in all Sn-Apatite samples and the dissociation constant, KD, indicated high affinity of pertechnetate anions to the solid Sn-Apatite particles. The presence of competing anions did not significantly influence the ability of Sn-Apatite materials to adsorb 99mTcO4 - from aqueous solutions.
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This is an experimental study on behaviour of oxo-biodegradable plastics containing additives during service life. Low density polyethylene is a most extensive used synthetic polymer with the largest production, because an important part of the production is converted into various products with short life cycle. The goal of this paper was to quantify the biodegradation of two low density polyethylene films containing 10% and 20% pro-oxidant AddiFlex in soil columns. Previously, the physical-mechanical properties and heavy metal content in polymer films have been determined. The obtained degree of mineralization was around 60% after 200 days of incubation for both studied polymer films (59.8% for 10% additive and 64.3% for 20% additive).
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