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Stoichiometry of lanthanide-phosphate complexes at the water surface studied using vibrational sum frequency generation spectroscopy and DFT calculations

Kusaka, Ryoji ; Watanabe, Masayuki  

In the solvent extraction of metal ions, the transport mechanism of metal ions through the liquid-liquid organic/aqueous interface remains unclear. In this study, the adsorption process of trivalent lanthanide ions from the aqueous phase to the interface in the solvent extraction of lanthanides with di(2-ethylhexyl)phosphoric acid (HDEHP) extractant is investigated by using a model interface - water surface covered with HDEHP (air/HDEHP/aqueous interface). As a result, symmetric POO$$^{-}$$ stretch signals of HDEHP observed by vibrational sum frequency generation spectroscopy and density functional theory calculations show that the stoichiometric ratio of lanthanide-HDEHP complexes formed at the air/HDEHP/aqueous interface is 1:1. The formation of the interfacial 1:1 lanthanide-HDEHP complex could be an elementary chemical process occurring just before the transfer of lanthanide ions to the side of the organic phase.

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