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Cesium liquid-liquid extraction by calix-crown ethers; Solvent effect

Simonnet, M.  ; Miyazaki, Yuji; Suzuki, Shinichi; Yaita, Tsuyoshi

$$^{137}$$Cs is a dangerous fission product because of its half-life of 30 years and its high production yield. After several years, it becomes one of the main heat generator in nuclear waste; it would thus be beneficial to remove it before deep repository storage. Cesium also shows high mobility in the environment, thus being one of the most dangerous material released in accidental situation. Because the chemistry of cesium is close to these of sodium and potassium, found in great amount in water, cesium recovery requires very high separation factor towards these elements. Calix-crown-ether compounds show high extraction of Cs, and Na separation factor up to million (up to ten thousands for K), depending on experimental conditions and extractant structure. This study attempts to qualitatively and, when possible, quantitatively describe these dependencies. Focus has been made on HNO$$_{3}$$ concentration (0.01M to 6M), solvent nature, and extractant structure, based on the already well-documented di-octyloxy-calix[4]mono-crown-6.



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