Highly efficient and rapid Cs + uptake by the layered metal sulfide K 2xMn xSn 3-xS 6 (KMS-1)

Manolis J. Manos, Mercouri Kanatzidis

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The details of the ion-exchange properties of the layered sulfide material K 2xMn xSn 3-xS 6 (x = 0.5-0.95) (KMS-1) with Cs + and Rb + cations are reported. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), elemental analyses, and powder and single-crystal diffraction studies revealed that the Cs + and Rb + ion exchange of KMS-1 is complete (quantitative replacement of K + ions) and topotactic. These data also revealed that the Cs + exchange is accompanied with a rare topotactic oxidation of Mn 2+ to Mn 3+ caused by atmospheric oxygen, while the Rb + ion exchange only slightly alters the oxidation state of the layer manganese atoms. The absorption of Cs + by KMS-1 follows the Langmuir model with a high exchange capacity of 226(4) mg/g (pH *ap; 7) and distribution coefficients as high as 2 × 10 4 mL/g. KMS-1 displays significant cesium uptake both under strongly acidic (pH 0.7-2.6) or basic conditions (pH 10-12). The kinetics of Cs+ capture by KMS-1 is fast (>90% removal of ̃1 ppm of Cs + within only 5 min). KMS-1 was also found capable to efficiently absorb Cs + from complex solutions containing various competitive cations in large excess. KMS-1 (containing Mn 3+ ions) can be regenerated and reused for Cs + exchange with an exchange capacity very similar to that of the pristine KMS-1. The results indicate that layered metal sulfides with ion-exchange properties may be considered as highly selective and cost-effective sorbents for remediation of water contaminated with the radioactive 137Cs isotope. The selectivity over other alkali ions for Cs originates not from a size effect but from the more favorable Cs⋯S soft Lewis acid/Lewis base interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6599-6607
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number18
StatePublished - May 13 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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