Preferential cesium ion trapping by 2-pyrone-4,6-dicarboxylic acid (PDC) obtained from a metabolic intermediate of lignin, a woody biomass resource

<p>2-Pyrone-4,6-dicarboxylic acid (PDC), a chemically stable metabolic intermediate of lignin, showed preferential Cs<sup>+</sup> sedimentation even from the aqueous solutions containing other alkali metal ions, such as Na<sup>+</sup>. From the crystal structure of the Cs<sup>+</sup>/PDC complex, Cs<sup>+</sup> was revealed to be coordinated by 10 oxygen atoms of PDC and such multiple coordination was the reason of the preferential complex formation of Cs<sup>+</sup> with PDC.</p>