Tannic acid-assisted in-situ interfacial formation of Prussian blue-assembled adsorptive membranes for radioactive cesium removal

Sung Joon Park, Seung Su Shin, Joon Hee Jo, Chan Hee Jung, Hosik Park, You In Park, Hyung Ju Kim, Jung Hyun Lee

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There is a growing interest in advanced materials that can effectively treat wastewater contaminated with radioactive cesium (137Cs), which is an extremely hazardous material. Here, we report a new class of Cs-adsorptive membranes compactly assembled with Cs-adsorptive Prussian blue (PB) particles. The PB particle assembly was formed via an in-situ interfacial reaction between two PB precursors in the presence of tannic acid (TA) as a binder on a porous support. While the interfacial reaction enabled the formation of a defect-less PB network, TA enhanced the PB−PB and PB−support compatibilities, consequently producing a uniform, densely packed PB assembly near the support surface. The fabricated TA-assisted PB membrane (PB/TA-M) synergistically rejected Cs via a combination of adsorption and membrane filtration, although adsorption predominantly determined Cs rejection initially. Hence, the PB/TA-M membrane showed considerably higher Cs removal performance than commercial nanofiltration (NF) and reverse osmosis (RO) polyamide (PA) membranes for a sufficiently long operation time. Furthermore, the PB/TA-M membrane displayed excellent radioactive 137Cs removal performance, significantly exceeding those of commercial NF and RO PA membranes due to its higher radiation stability, indicating its viability for application in treating actual radioactive wastewater.

Original languageEnglish
Article number129967
JournalJournal of hazardous materials
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Jan 15

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korean government ( 2019R1A2C1002333 , 2022R1A5A1032539 , and SI2211–40 ) and the Technology Innovation Program ( 20010914 ) funded by the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE, Korea).

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© 2022 Elsevier B.V.


  • Adsorptive membrane
  • Interfacial reaction
  • Prussian blue
  • Radioactive cesium
  • Tannic acid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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