Chromatography Research International
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 638090, 6 pages
Research Article

Preparation of Poly(Hydroxamic Acid) for Separation of Zr/Y, Sr System

1Cyclotron Facility, Nuclear Research Centre, Atomic Energy Authority, Cairo 13759, Egypt
2Hot Lab Center, Atomic Energy Authority, Cairo, Postal Code 13759, Egypt

Received 5 November 2010; Revised 6 January 2011; Accepted 14 January 2011

Academic Editor: Antonio Martín-Esteban

Copyright © 2011 Khaled F. Hassan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Poly(hydroxamic acid) resin (PHA) was prepared by modification of polyacrylamide (PAAm) prepared through -irradiation technique and used for the first time in separation of Zr(IV) from Y(III) and Sr(II) as a simulation mode for the purification of 89Zr from its parents (Y or Sr). The adsorption behaviors of zirconium, yttrium, and strontium on the prepared PHA resin in different media, namely, hydrochloric acid, acetate buffer, and citrate buffer were studied as a function of pH. In addition, in cation-exchange column chromatography experiments using PHA, three different eluants, namely,  mol/L HCl, acetate buffer pH 3.5, and 2 mol/L HCl, were employed for elution of Zr(IV), Y(III) and Sr(II), respectively, where Zr(IV), Y(III) and Sr(II) were eluted in amounts of 80%, 99.9%, and 100%, respectively. The purification process of Y(III) from Zr(IV) was carried out using regenerated PHA.