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Effect of H$$_{2}$$O$$_{2}$$ concentration on oxidative dissolution of U$$_{2}$$O

Kumagai, Yuta  

Reaction of hydrogen peroxide (H$$_{2}$$O$$_{2}$$) with uranium dioxide (UO$$_{2}$$) oxidizes U(IV) to water-soluble U(VI). In the concept of direct geological disposal of spent nuclear fuel, this reaction is expected to induce dissolution of UO$$_{2}$$ matrix of the spent fuel. This study investigate effect of H$$_{2}$$O$$_{2}$$ concentration on the kinetics and the yield of U(VI) dissolution of this reaction. A series of experiments of the reaction of H$$_{2}$$O$$_{2}$$ with UO$$_{2}$$ powder dispersed in water has been carried out. The experimental results reveal that increase in the H$$_{2}$$O$$_{2}$$ concentration slows down the reaction and decreases the yield of U(VI) dissolution. This observation suggests that a reaction intermediate is generated in the course of the H$$_{2}$$O$$_{2}$$ reaction on the surface of UO$$_{2}$$.

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