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Title: An improved thermodynamic model for the complexation of trivalent actinides and lanthanide with oxalic acid valid to high ionic strength.

The dissociation constants of oxalic acid (Ox), and the stability constants of Am 3+, Cm 3+ and Eu 3+ with Ox 2– have been determined at 25 °C, over a range of concentration varying from 0.1 to 6.60 m NaClO4 using potentiometric titration and extraction techniques, respectively. The experimental data support the formation of complexes, M(Ox) n 3 – 2n, where (M = Am 3+, Cm 3+ and Eu 3+ and n = 1 and 2). The dissociation constant and the stability constant values measured as a function of NaClO 4 concentration were used to estimate the Pitzer parameters for the respective interactions of Am 3+, Cm 3+ and Eu 3+ with Ox. Furthermore, the stability constants data of Am 3+ –Ox measured in NaClO 4 and in NaCl solutions from the literature were simultaneously fitted in order to refine the existing actinide–oxalate complexation model that can be used universally in the safety assessment of radioactive waste disposal. The thermodynamic stability constant: log β 0 101 = 6.30 ± 0.06 and log β 0 102 = 10.84 ± 0.06 for Am 3+ was obtained by simultaneously fitting data in NaCl and NaClO 4 media. Additionally, log β 0 101 =more » 6.72 ± 0.08 and log β 0 102 = 11.05 ± 0.09 for the Cm 3+ and log β 0 101 = 6.67 ± 0.08 and log β 0 102 = 11.15 ± 0.09 for the Eu 3+ were calculated by extrapolation of data to zero ionic strength in NaClO 4 medium only. For all stability constants, the Pitzer model gives an excellent representation of the data using interaction parameters β (0), β (1), and CΦ determined in this work. The thermodynamic model developed in this work will be useful in accurately modeling the potential solubility of trivalent actinides and early lanthanides to ionic strength of 6.60 m in low temperature environments in the presence of Ox. Furthermore, the work is also applicable to the accurate modeling transport of rare earth elements in various environments under the surface conditions.« less
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  1. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Carlsbad, NM (United States)
  2. Florida State Univ., Tallahassee, FL (United States)
  3. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Carlsbad, NM (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0009-2541; 599092
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Journal Name:
Chemical Geology
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 413; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0009-2541
Research Org:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA); USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
38 RADIATION CHEMISTRY, RADIOCHEMISTRY, AND NUCLEAR CHEMISTRY; 12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; oxalic acid dissociation constants; Am–Cm–Eu–oxalic acid complexation; Pitzer parameters; extraction; high ionic strength
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OSTI ID: 1246575