Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Environmental Engineering and Science
DeVol, Timothy A
Lee , Cindy M
DiPrete , David P
A new method was developed for the determination of uranium in groundwater above 30µg/L (30ppb). This concentration is the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for uranium in drinking water, which was set in December 2003 by the US EPA under the provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act. The method is rapid and requires little technical training to conduct, allowing it to be used by consumers, in the laboratory, or in the field. The two-step technique involves preconcentrating uranium using a U/TEVA-2 extraction chromatographic resin followed by complexation with a pyridylazo indicator dye, Br-PADAP. At neutral pH, a counter ion is needed to stabilize the organometallic complex, which has an absorbance at 578nm. Although spectrophotometry can be used to quantify the uranium in a sample, the color change is visible to the eye. Preconcentration using U/TEVA-2 also serves to eliminate metals that may interfere with the quantification of uranium.
Ratliff, Amy, "Development of a Colorimetric Test for Quantification of Uranium in Drinking Water" (2008). All Theses. 384.