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Separation of minor actinides and lanthanides from nitric acid solution by R-BTP extraction resin

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

Recently, extraction selectivity for trivalent minor actinides (MA = Am and Cm) over lanthanides (Ln) 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) [1]. However, protonation of R-BTP results in its acidic hydrolysis in acidic medium. Stability in acidic solution was improved by substitution of long normal chain or branched chain [2]. In this work, separation of MA(III) and Ln(III) from nitric acid solution was studied by using novel R-BTP impregnated resin. Branched R-BTP resin had high affinity for Am from up to 4 M HNO$$_{3}$$ solution and its distribution coefficient was over 10$$^{4}$$.

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