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Title: Separation of Americium from Europium using Camphor-BisTriazinyl Pyridine: A Fundamental Study

Among the different components present in spent nuclear fuel, long-lived trivalent actinides are particularly difficult to separate from the shorter-lived lanthanide fission products due to their similar chemical properties. We achieved selective extraction of americium from acidic solution (up to 2M HNO3) containing tenth molar quantities of lanthanides using neutral pyridine-based ligands dissolved in polar diluents. Nitrogen-based Bis Triazinyl Pyridine (BTP) ligands are desirable for both their excellent An/Ln selectivity and incinerability. Our results pertaining to ligand solubility, kinetics, hydrolytic stability, and extraction performance in various nitric acid environments are presented.
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  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Tennessee Technological Univ., Cookeville, TN (United States)
  2. Tennessee Technological Univ., Cookeville, TN (United States)
  3. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Publication Date:
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Grant/Contract Number:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Solvent Extraction and Ion Exchange
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 34; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 0736-6299
Taylor and Francis
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)
Country of Publication:
United States
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; 38 RADIATION CHEMISTRY, RADIOCHEMISTRY, AND NUCLEAR CHEMISTRY minor actinide lanthanide separation; solvent extraction; nitrogen donor extractant; polar solvent