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Title: Identifying anthropogenic uranium compounds using soft X-ray near-edge absorption spectroscopy

Abstract

Uranium ores mined for industrial use are typically acid-leached to produce yellowcake and then converted into uranium halides for enrichment and purification. These anthropogenic chemical forms of uranium are distinct from their mineral counterparts. The purpose of this study is to use soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy to characterize several common anthropogenic uranium compounds important to the nuclear fuel cycle. Non-destructive chemical analyses of these compounds is important for process and environmental monitoring and X-ray absorption techniques have several advantages in this regard, including element-specificity, chemical sensitivity, and high spectral resolution. Oxygen K-edge spectra were collected for uranyl nitrate, uranyl fluoride, and uranyl chloride, and fluorine K-edge spectra were collected for uranyl fluoride and uranium tetrafluoride. Interpretation of the data is aided by comparisons to calculated spectra. These compounds have unique spectral signatures that can be used to identify unknown samples.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1344048
Report Number(s):
PNNL-SA-115752
Journal ID: ISSN 0584-8547; 47772
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-76RL01830
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Spectrochimica Acta. Part B, Atomic Spectroscopy; Journal Volume: 127; Journal Issue: C
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; uranium; x-ray; nuclear forensics; anthropogenic uranium; x-ray absorption spectroscopy; Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory

Citation Formats

Ward, Jesse D., Bowden, Mark, Tom Resch, C., Eiden, Gregory C., Pemmaraju, C. D., Prendergast, David, and Duffin, Andrew M.. Identifying anthropogenic uranium compounds using soft X-ray near-edge absorption spectroscopy. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1016/j.sab.2016.11.008.
Ward, Jesse D., Bowden, Mark, Tom Resch, C., Eiden, Gregory C., Pemmaraju, C. D., Prendergast, David, & Duffin, Andrew M.. Identifying anthropogenic uranium compounds using soft X-ray near-edge absorption spectroscopy. United States. doi:10.1016/j.sab.2016.11.008.
Ward, Jesse D., Bowden, Mark, Tom Resch, C., Eiden, Gregory C., Pemmaraju, C. D., Prendergast, David, and Duffin, Andrew M.. Sun . "Identifying anthropogenic uranium compounds using soft X-ray near-edge absorption spectroscopy". United States. doi:10.1016/j.sab.2016.11.008.
@article{osti_1344048,
title = {Identifying anthropogenic uranium compounds using soft X-ray near-edge absorption spectroscopy},
author = {Ward, Jesse D. and Bowden, Mark and Tom Resch, C. and Eiden, Gregory C. and Pemmaraju, C. D. and Prendergast, David and Duffin, Andrew M.},
abstractNote = {Uranium ores mined for industrial use are typically acid-leached to produce yellowcake and then converted into uranium halides for enrichment and purification. These anthropogenic chemical forms of uranium are distinct from their mineral counterparts. The purpose of this study is to use soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy to characterize several common anthropogenic uranium compounds important to the nuclear fuel cycle. Non-destructive chemical analyses of these compounds is important for process and environmental monitoring and X-ray absorption techniques have several advantages in this regard, including element-specificity, chemical sensitivity, and high spectral resolution. Oxygen K-edge spectra were collected for uranyl nitrate, uranyl fluoride, and uranyl chloride, and fluorine K-edge spectra were collected for uranyl fluoride and uranium tetrafluoride. Interpretation of the data is aided by comparisons to calculated spectra. These compounds have unique spectral signatures that can be used to identify unknown samples.},
doi = {10.1016/j.sab.2016.11.008},
journal = {Spectrochimica Acta. Part B, Atomic Spectroscopy},
number = C,
volume = 127,
place = {United States},
year = {Sun Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2017},
month = {Sun Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2017}
}