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Thermodynamic model for Zr solubility in the presence of gluconic acid and isosaccharinic acid

Kobayashi, Taishi*; Teshima, Takeshi*; Sasaki, Takayuki*; Kitamura, Akira  

Zr solubility in the presence of gluconic acid (GLU) and isosaccharinic acid (ISA) was investigated as a function of hydrogen ion concentration (pH$$_{rm c}$$) and the total concentration of GLU or ISA. The dependence of the increase in Zr solubility on the pH$$_{rm c}$$ and GLU concentration suggested the existence of Zr(OH)$$_{4}$$(GLU)$$_{2}$$$$^{2-}$$ in the neutral pH region and Zr(OH)$$_{4}$$(GLU)(GLU$$_{rm -H}$$)$$^{3-}$$ in the alkaline pH region above pH$$_{rm c}$$ 10 as the dominant species in the presence of 10$$^{-3}$$ - 10$$^{-1}$$ mol/dm$$^{3}$$ (M) GLU. In the presence of ISA, the dominant species Zr(OH)$$_{4}$$(ISA)$$_{2}$$$$^{2-}$$ and Zr(OH)$$_{4}$$(ISA)(ISA$$_{rm -H}$$)$$^{3-}$$ were proposed to occur in the neutral and alkaline pH regions, similar to those found in the presence of GLU. From X-ray diffraction analysis, the solubility-limiting solid phase in the presence of GLU and ISA was considered to be Zr(OH)$$_{4}$$(am). The formation constants of the Zr gluconate and isosaccharinate complexes were determined by least squares fitting analysis of the solubility data, and the obtained values were discussed in comparison with those of tetravalent actinides.

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