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Recovery of minor actinides from spent fuel via an extraction chromatographic technique using TPPEN-immobilized gels

Koyama, Shinichi ; Suto, Mitsuo; Obayashi, Hiroshi ; Takeshita, Kenji*; Ogata, Takeshi*; Oaki, Hiroshi*; Inaba, Yusuke*

A series of separation experiments was performed to study the recovery process for minor actinides (MAs) from the actual spent fuel by using an extraction chromatographic technique. TPPEN gel was used as a new extraction chromatographic agent. Mixed oxide fuel was used as a reference spent fuel to demonstrate the recovery of the MAs. The MOX fuel, including 29.9 wt% plutonium (Pu), was irradiated up to 119 GWd/MTM, and the fuel was then prepared for the extraction experiment. A Mixed solution of MAs and lanthanides (Lns) was prepared. The TPPEN gel was immersed in a 0.01 M NaNO$$_{3}$$ solution, and the pH was adjusted to 4.0. Next, an extraction column was prepared using the TPPEN gel, and the mixed solution of MAs and Lns was passed through the column. The Lns were detected in the eluent after washing with 0.01 M NaNO$$_{3}$$ (pH 4.0). For detecting the MAs, the pH of the eluent was changed to 2.0.

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