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Application of ionic liquid as a medium for treating waste contaminated with UF$$_{4}$$

Ohashi, Yusuke ; Asanuma, Noriko*; Harada, Masayuki*; Wada, Yukio*; Matsubara, Tatsuo; Ikeda, Yasuhisa*

Most of the metal or bed material wastes generated from uranium enrichment facilities or uranium refining and conversion plants are contaminated by uranium fluoride compounds such as UF$$_{4}$$. The UF$$_{4}$$ powder was completely dissolved in BMICl(1-buthyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride). The uranium concentrations of metal waste dropped below the temporary proposed clearance level (1.0 Bq/g) using BMICl. In the cyclic voltammogram of BMICl solution when dissolving UF$$_{4}$$, uncoupled reduction and oxidation peaks were observed and the reduction peak was considered to correspond to the reduction of uranyl(VI) + e$$^{-}$$ $$rightarrow$$ uranyl(V) followed by further reduction to UO$$_{2}$$.



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