1983 Volume 32 Issue 5 Pages 234-237
By sodium nickel ferrocyanide coprecipitation, 60Co and 137Cs are simultaneously collected by nearly 99% recoveries from the unaged seawater. But this coprecipitation is not effective for the recovery of the 60Co complexed with organic ligands which would exist in natural seawater. In order to obtain the effective recoveries for these complexed 60Co, various pretreatments were investigated by using model samples containing the 60Co aged with several amino acids. In the acidification of these samples by nitric acid as 1 pretreatment, a large portion of these complexed 60Co was dissociated, especially by heating samples at 90-95°C. The recoveries of 60Co were ranging from 90 to 97%. On the other hand, the usage of potassium peroxodisulfate (4.0×10-4-2.0×10-2M) as another pretreatment method elevated the recoveries of these complexed 60Co by more than 99% by heating samples above 90°C. These 2 pretreatment methods were also effective for recoveries of 137Cs ion.