Journal of Radiation Research and Radiation Processing ›› 2019, Vol. 37 ›› Issue (2): 20101-020101.doi: 10.11889/j.1000-3436.2019.rrj.37.020101

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Research progress in uranium extraction from seawater

AO Junxuan1,2(),XU Xiao1,3,LI Yuna1,4,WU Guozhong1(),LI Qingnuan1,MA Hongjuan1()   

  1. 1. Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201800, China
    2. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
    3. School of Petrochemical Engineering, Changzhou University, Changzhou 213164, China
    4. Department of Chemistry, College of Sciences, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444, China
  • Received:2018-12-17 Revised:2019-02-17 Accepted:2019-02-17 Online:2019-04-20 Published:2019-04-19
  • Contact: Guozhong WU,Hongjuan MA;;
  • About author:<named-content content-type="corresp-name">AO Junxuan</named-content> (male) was born in April 1993, and received his bachelor’s degree from College of Physical Science and Technology, Central China Normal University in 2015. Now he is a doctoral candidate at University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, focusing on the study of radiation-induced modification of polymer, E-mail: <email></email>|WU Guozhong, professor, E-mail: <email></email>|Ph.D. MA Hongjuan, associate professor, E-mail:<email></email>; Ph.D
  • Supported by:
    Supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (U1732151) and Strategic Pilot and Technology Special Funds of the Chinese Academy of Science(XDA02030200)


Uranium is the most significant element in the nuclear industry and is widely used in nuclear fuels as well as nuclear weapons. At present, the total amount of uranium discovered on land is less than 5 million tons, which makes it essential to exploit uranium resources in seawater. Adsorption, as the most promising method for uranium extraction from seawater, has been widely studied in the preparation of various adsorbents, the mechanism of adsorption, and the various problems encountered in natural seawater. In this paper, the continuous research conducted in recent years on uranium extraction from seawater, including material preparation methods, adsorption mechanisms, adsorption technology, and natural seawater adsorption, was summarized. Although uranium extraction from seawater has been studied since the 1960s, the experimental results for natural seawater show that some key problems, such as the preparation of highly efficient adsorption materials, still need to be solved.

Key words: Uranium extraction from seawater, Adsorbent material, Coordination mechanism

CLC Number: 

  • TL25