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Minor actinides separation by ${it N,N,N',N',N'',N''}$-hexaoctyl nitrilotriacetamide (HONTA) using mixer-settler extractors in a hot cell

Ban, Yasutoshi ; Suzuki, Hideya*; Hotoku, Shinobu ; Tsutsui, Nao ; Tsubata, Yasuhiro  ; Matsumura, Tatsuro 

A continuous counter-current experiment to separate minor actinides (MAs: Am and Cm) was performed with ${it N,N,N',N',N'',N''}$-hexaochyl nitrilotriacetamide (HONTA) as an extractant. Nitric acid of 0.08 M (mol/dm$$^{3}$$) containing MAs and rare earths (REs) recovered from high-level waste was used as the Feed, and the experiment was conducted for 14 h. The ratios of Am and Cm recovered into the MA fraction measured 94.9% and 78.9%, respectively. HONTA hardly extracted Y, La, and Eu in the Feed (99.9% for Y, 99.9% for La, and 96.7% for Eu), most of which were distributed to the RE fraction. A portion of Nd was extracted by HONTA, and consequently the ratio of Nd in the RE fraction was 83.5%. The concentrations of MAs and some REs in each stage were calculated using a simulation code, and the results are consistent with the experimental values. This code indicates that the ratios of MAs in the MA fraction and REs in the RE fraction could be $$geq$$99% by optimizing separation conditions.

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