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Molecular dynamics simulations of cesium adsorption on illite nanoparticles

Author(s): Lammers, Laura N; Bourg, Ian C; Okumura, Masahiko; Kolluri, Kedarnath; Sposito, Garrison; et al

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Abstract: The charged surfaces of micaceous minerals, especially illite, regulate the mobility of the major radioisotopes of Cs (134Cs, 135Cs, 137Cs) in the geosphere. Despite the long history of Cs adsorption studies, the nature of the illite surface sites remains incompletely understood. To address this problem, we present atomistic simulations of Cs competition with Na for three candidate illite adsorption sites – edge, basal plane, and interlayer. Our simulation results are broadly consistent with affinities and selectivities that have been inferred from surface complexation models. Cation exchange on the basal planes is thermodynamically ideal, but exchange on edge surfaces and within interlayers shows complex, thermodynamically non-ideal behavior. The basal planes are weakly Cs-selective, while edges and interlayers have much higher affinity for Cs. The dynamics of NaACs exchange are rapid for both cations on the basal planes, but considerably slower for Cs localized on edge surfaces. In addition to new insights into Cs adsorption and exchange with Na on illite, we report the development of a methodology capable of simulating fully-flexible clay mineral nanoparticles with stable edge surfaces using a well-tested interatomic potential model.
Publication Date: 29-Nov-2016
Citation: Lammers, Laura N, Bourg, Ian C, Okumura, Masahiko, Kolluri, Kedarnath, Sposito, Garrison, Machida, Masahiko. (2017). Molecular dynamics simulations of cesium adsorption on illite nanoparticles. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 490 (608 - 620. doi:10.1016/j.jcis.2016.11.084
DOI: doi:10.1016/j.jcis.2016.11.084
ISSN: 0021-9797
Pages: 608 - 620
Language: en
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Version: Author's manuscript

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