High-performance removal of radionuclides by porous organic frameworks from the aquatic environment: A review

Eman Abdelnasser Gendy, Daniel Temitayo Oyekunle, Jawad Ali, Jerosha Ifthikar, Abd El-Motaleb Mosad Ramadan, Zhuqi Chen

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Dealing with unwanted nuclear waste is still a serious issue from the point of view of humans and the environment because of its harmful and dangerous effects. Recently, porous organic frameworks (POFs) have gained an increasing concern as effective materials in the removal of various types of hazardous metal ions, especially radioactive metal ions. POFs are a unique class that included covalent organic frameworks (COFs) and metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) with strong covalent bonds, large surface area, high adsorption capacity, tunable porosity, and a porous structure with more efficient than conventional adsorbents. This review highlights the recent developments of POFs for the rapid elimination of radionuclide. The unique characteristics, adsorption properties, and interaction mechanisms between radioactive metal ions and the POF-based materials are summarized. Also, prospects for enhancing the performance of POFs to capture radioactive metal ions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106710
JournalJournal of Environmental Radioactivity
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Adsorption
  • Covalent organic frameworks
  • Metal-organic frameworks
  • Radioactive metal ions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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