Title: On-line separation of Pu(III) and Am(III) Using Extraction and Ion Chromatography
Authors: JERNSTROEM J.LEHTO J.BETTI MARIA
Citation: JOURNAL OF RADIOANALYTICAL AND NUCLEAR CHEMISTRY vol. 274 no. 1 p. 95-102
Publisher: SPRINGER
Publication Year: 2007
JRC N°: JRC40852
ISSN: 0236-5731
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC40852
DOI: 10.1007/s10967-006-6909-x
Type: Articles in Journals
Abstract: An on-line method developed for separating plutonium and americium was developed. The method is based on the use of HPLC pump with three analytical chromatographic columns. Plutonium is reduced throughout the procedure to trivalent oxidation state, and is recovered in the various separation steps together with americium. Light lanthanides and trivalent actinides are separated with TEVA resin in thiocyanate/formic acid media. Trivalent plutonium and americium are pre-concentrated in a TCC-II cation-exchange column, after which the separation is performed in CS5A ion chromatography column by using two different eluents. Pu(III) is eluted with a dipicolinic acid eluent, and Am(III) with oxalic acid eluent. Radiochemical and chemical purity of the eluted plutonium and americium fractions were ensured with alpha-spectrometry.
JRC Institute:Institute for Transuranium Elements

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