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Neutron polarization analysis for biphasic solvent extraction systems

Motokawa, Ryuhei; Endo, Hitoshi*; Nagao, Michihiro*; Heller, W. T.*

We performed neutron polarization analysis (NPA) of extracted organic phases containing complexes, comprised of Zr(NO$$_{3}$$)$$_{4}$$ and tri-n-butyl phosphate (TBP), which enabled decomposition of the intensity distribution of small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) into the coherent and incoherent scattering components. The coherent scattering intensity, containing structural information, and the incoherent scattering compete over a wide range of magnitude of scattering vector, $$q$$, specifically when $$q$$ is larger than $$q$$ $$approx$$ 1/$$R_{rm g}$$, where $$R_{rm g}$$ is the radius of gyration of scatterer. Therefore, it is important to determine the incoherent scattering intensity exactly to perform an accurate structural analysis from SANS data when $$R_{rm g}$$ is small, such as the aforementioned extracted coordination species. Although NPA is the best method for evaluating the incoherent scattering component for accurately determining the coherent scattering in SANS, this method is not used frequently in SANS data analysis because it is technically challenging. In this study, we successfully demonstrated that experimental determination of the incoherent scattering using NPA is suitable for sample systems containing a small scatterer with a weak coherent scattering intensity, such as extracted complexes in biphasic solvent extraction system.

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