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Title: Evidence of a Nonphotochemical Mechanism for the Solid-State Formation of Uranyl Peroxide

Here, we have demonstrated the solid-state formation of a uranyl peroxide (UP) species from hydrated uranyl fluoride via a uranyl hydroxide intermediate, the first observation of a UP species formed in a solid-state reaction. Water vapor pressure is shown to be a driving factor of both the loss of fluorine and the subsequent formation of peroxo units. We have ruled out a photochemical mechanism for formation of the UP species by demonstrating that the same reaction occurs in the dark. A radiolytic mechanism is unlikely because of the low radioactivity of the sample material, suggesting the existence of a novel UP formation mechanism.
Authors:
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  1. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)
  2. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
AC05-00OR22725
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Inorganic Chemistry
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 57; Journal Issue: 10; Journal ID: ISSN 0020-1669
Publisher:
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY
OSTI Identifier:
1440829