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Impact of stoichiometry on the mechanism and kinetics of oxidative dissolution of UO$$_{2}$$ induced by H$$_{2}$$O$$_{2}$$ and $$gamma$$-irradiation

Kumagai, Yuta; Fidalgo, A. B.*; Jonsson, M.*

Radiation-induced oxidative dissolution of uranium dioxide (UO$$_{2}$$) is one of the most important chemical processes of U driven by redox reactions. We have examined the effect of UO$$_{2}$$ stoichiometry on the oxidative dissolution of UO$$_{2}$$ induced by hydrogen peroxide (H$$_{2}$$O$$_{2}$$) and $$gamma$$-ray irradiation. By comparing the reaction kinetics of H$$_{2}$$O$$_{2}$$ between stoichiometric UO$$_{2.0}$$ and hyper-stoichiometric UO$$_{2.3}$$, we observed a significant difference in reaction speed and U dissolution kinetics. The stoichiometric UO$$_{2.0}$$ reacted with H$$_{2}$$O$$_{2}$$ much faster than the hyper-stoichiometric UO$$_{2.3}$$. The U dissolution from UO$$_{2.0}$$ was initially much lower than that from UO$$_{2.3}$$, but gradually increased as the oxidation by H$$_{2}$$O$$_{2}$$ proceeded. The $$gamma$$-ray irradiation induced the U dissolution that is analogous to the kinetics by the exposure to a low concentration (0.2 mM) of H$$_{2}$$O$$_{2}$$. The exposure to higher H$$_{2}$$O$$_{2}$$ concentrations caused lower U dissolution and resulted in deviation from the U dissolution behavior by $$gamma$$-ray irradiation.

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