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Absorption spectra and cyclic voltammograms of uranium species in molten lithium molybdate-sodium molybdate eutectic at 550 $$^{circ}$$C

Nagai, Takayuki; Uehara, Akihiro*; Fukushima, Mineo; Myochin, Munetaka; Fujii, Toshiyuki*; Sato, Nobuaki*; Yamana, Hajimu*

Absorption spectra of dissolved uranium species in molten Li$$_{2}$$MoO$$_{4}$$-Na$$_{2}$$MoO$$_{4}$$ eutectic at 550 $$^{circ}$$C were measured by spectrophotometry, and their redox reactions were also investigated by cyclic voltammetry. Observed absorption spectra of uranium species were similar to those of UO$$_{2}$$$$^{+}$$ in molten chlorides. After purging oxygen into the melt, the absorption peaks of UO$$_{2}$$$$^{+}$$ decreased and UO$$_{2}$$$$^{+}$$ was thought to be oxidized to UO$$_{2}$$$$^{2+}$$. When the uranium species were not contained in the melt, we confirmed that alkali metals deposited at -0.7 V and a small reduction of this melt was observed at -0.3 V. When UO$$_{2}$$ was dissolved into the melt, the reduction of the uranium species was observed at -0.2 V. It was suggested that the dissolved uranium species are recovered as mixed uranium-molybdenum oxides by electrolysis.

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