David Shuh1

1, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Berkeley, California, United States

Porous aromatic frameworks (PAFs) incorporating a high concentration of acid functional groups possess characteristics that are promising for use in separating lanthanide and actinide metal ions, as required in the treatment of radioactive waste. These materials have been shown to be indefinitely stable to concentrated acids and bases, potentially allowing for multiple adsorption/stripping cycles. Additionally, the PAFs combine exceptional features from metal organic frameworks (MOFs) and inorganic/ activated carbons giving rise to tunable pore surfaces and maximum chemical stability. The adsorption of selected metal ions, Sr2+, Fe3+, Nd3+, and Am3+, from aqueous solutions employing a carbon-based PAF, BPP-7 (Berkeley Porous Polymer-7) has been investigated. This material displays high metal loading capacities together with excellent adsorption selectivity for neodymium over strontium. X-ray absorption spectroscopy studies show that the stronger adsorption of neodymium is attributed to multiple metal ion and binding site interactions resulting from the densely functionalized and highly interpenetrated structure of BPP-7. Recyclability and combustibility experiments demonstrate that multiple adsorption/stripping cycles can be completed with minimal degradation of the polymer adsorption capacity.