ATR-FTIR spectroscopy is used to understand the adsorption of uranyl-citrate complexes to Al2O3. Spectral data indicate that uranyl-citrate complexes partially dissociate upon adsorption, allowing full or partial hydrolysis of the uranyl ion. Kads values determined for free citrate adsorption are similar to those for citrate in uranyl-citrate complexes, indicating that the complexation of uranyl by citrate does not significantly affect the ability of citrate to bond with the surface. The isotherm data also indicate enhanced citrate adsorption to Al2O3 in the presence of uranyl, suggesting that uranyl may be the central link between two citrate ligands, and that uranyl is associated with the surface through a bridging citrate ligand. Finally, uranyl-citrate complexes interact with citrate adsorbed to Al2O3 through outer sphere interactions.
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- Geochemistry and Petrology