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Separation of trivalent actinides from lanthanides by using R-BTP resins and stability of R-BTP resin

Hoshi, Harutaka*; Wei, Y.*; Kumagai, Mikio*; Asakura, Toshihide; Morita, Yasuji

For the development of advanced aqueous reprocessing system, it is one of the most important subjects to separate minor trivalent actinides (MA = Am and Cm). Recently, extraction selectivity for MA(III) over Ln(III) has been found in some extractants containing soft donor, such as S or N, ligands. Kolarik et al. reported that a new N-donor ligand 2,6-bis(5,6-dialkyl-1,2,4-triazine-3-yl)-pyridine (R-BTP) shows high selectivity for MA (III) over Ln(III). The novel silica-based extraction resins were prepared by impregnating some R-BTP molecules into a macroreticular styrene-divinylbenzene copolymer which is immobilized in porous silica particles with a mean diameter of 50 $$mu$$m. Separation of simulated high level liquid waste solution containing Ln(III) and trace amount of Am(III) was studied. Am(III) was mutually separated from Ln(III) through a packed column with R-BTP impregnating resin, very high decontamination factor ($$>$$ 10$$^{7}$$) for Am, and all the elements were recovered quantitatively.

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