Open-cell polyurethane foam as a sorbent in the extraction of iodine-131

Š Palágyi, T. Braunt

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Open-cell polyurethane foams have proved to be effective as sorbents for inorganic and organic species and as supporting materials for various hydrophobic organic phases. They possess outstanding sorption, masstransfer and hydrodynamic properties, which enable them to be used at relatively high flow-rates of aqueous solutions during column operation. Iodine-131 can be extracted from samples of water and milk using resilient open-cell polyurethane foams in static and pulsed column beds, when in the form of a cylindrical packing impregnated with a tri-alkylamine containing dissolved inactive iodine. Pulsed column beds, which have some advantages over static column beds, can be conveniently automated. This may lead to the development of a new type of environmental monitoring device for radioactive iodine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1326-1333
Number of pages8
JournalThe Analyst
Issue number1269
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1981



  • Iodine-131 extraction
  • Milk
  • Polyurethane foam
  • Sorbent
  • Water

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry

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