奥平 琢也; 上田 祐生; 廣井 孝介; 元川 竜平; 稲村 泰弘; 高田 慎一; 奥 隆之; 鈴木 淳市*; 高橋 慎吾*; 遠藤 仁*; et al.
Journal of Applied Crystallography, 54(2), p.548 - 556, 2021/04
三浦 大輔*; 熊田 高之; 関根 由莉奈; 元川 竜平; 中川 洋; 大場 洋次郎; 大原 高志; 高田 慎一; 廣井 孝介; 森川 利明*; et al.
Journal of Applied Crystallography, 54(2), p.454 - 460, 2021/04
熊田 高之; 元川 竜平; 中川 洋; 大場 洋次郎; 関根 由莉奈
波紋, 31(1), p.5 - 6, 2021/02
SANS-Jはナノからサブマイクロメートルの幅広い空間スケールの階層構造を決定することができる。その特徴の一点目は、速度選別機で切り出された高強度の中性子(10 neutrons/s/cm)を用いることができる。二点目は、試料と透過した全ての中性子は色収差の影響を受けることなくレンズを用いて検出器上に集光することができる。そのため、散乱角0.01に相当する波数Q=310 nmまでの散乱中性子を透過中性子と識別して検出し、実空間スケールでサブマイクロメートルの構造を決定することができる。三点目は、偏極中性子および偏極解析が使えることである。偏極中性子はマグネットと組み合わせて磁性体の磁気構造解析に利用できるほか、ソフトマテリアルにおいても偏極解析や後述するスピンコントラスト変調実験に利用することができる。PNOは、単色化結晶とアナライザー結晶の間に試料を挟んだBonse-Hart型熱中性子小角散乱装置である。その最大の特徴は、SANS-Jより一桁小さい最小波数310 nmまでの超小角散乱を測定し、実空間スケールで10um近くまでの構造を決定することができることである。
成田 弘一*; 粕谷 亮*; 鈴木 智也*; 元川 竜平; 田中 幹也*
Encyclopedia of Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry (Internet), 28 Pages, 2020/12
The increasing use of precious metals (PMs) in industrial products such as electronics and catalysts has been increasingly important in PM separations. Most of PM separation and purification processes are performed using acidic chloride solutions; therefore, understanding of chemical properties and separation mechanisms of PM chloridometalates in solution is of key importance for improving the processes. This article focuses on solvent extraction of PMs from acidic chloride solutions as the main technology for the mutual separation of PMs and extensively covers the classical and modern methods. In addition, leaching methods, dominant species in acidic chloride solutions, and non-solvent extraction separation methods are also described.
大場 洋次郎; 元川 竜平; 日野 正裕*; 足立 望*; 戸高 義一*; 井上 倫太郎*; 杉山 正明*
Chemistry Letters, 49(7), p.823 - 825, 2020/07
Nanostructures in lubricants play a key role in lubrication properties. In this study, small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) was applied to characterize the nanostructures of oleyl acid phosphate (OLAP) in base oil. The results show that OLAP forms reverse-micellar-like aggregates. This information from SAXS will drive further development of lubricants.
熊田 高之; 大場 洋次郎; 元川 竜平; 諸岡 聡; 冨永 亜希; 谷田 肇; 菖蒲 敬久; 金野 杏彩; 大和田 謙二*; 大野 直子*; et al.
Journal of Nuclear Materials, 528, p.151890_1 - 151890_7, 2020/01
成田 弘一*; Nicolson, R. M.*; 元川 竜平; 伊藤 文之*; 森作 員子*; 後藤 みどり*; 田中 幹也*; Heller, W. T.*; 塩飽 秀啓; 矢板 毅; et al.
Inorganic Chemistry, 58(13), p.8720 - 8734, 2019/07
Current industrial practices to extract rhodium from virgin ores carry a heavy environmental burden. Improving the efficiency of the hydrometallurgical processes to separate and recover rhodium from other precious metals provides an opportunity to improve the materials and energy balances, but the presence of mixed chloride-rhodium species following leaching by acid chloride media complicates the recovery process. In this work we have applied a broad range of analytical techniques (FT-IR spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, EXAFS, water-transfer analysis, small-angle neutron scattering, NMR spectroscopy, and electrospray mass spectrometry), which together show that the amino-amide reagent preferentially transports chlorido-rhodium species as a 1:2 neutral assembly from aqueous 2.0 M HCl phase into an organic phase. The extractants then ligate in the outer coordination shell of the chloride-rhodium anion, making this an efficient separation process. In this study, we found that protonation to the extractants induced to form a proton chelate ring, which pre-organises the ligand to present an array of charge diffuse C-H bonds. This templated arrangement of positive dipoles favors complexation to the charge diffuse chloride-rhodium anion over the more charge-dense chloride anion.
上田 祐生; 菊池 圭; 杉田 剛; 元川 竜平
Solvent Extraction and Ion Exchange, 37(5), p.347 - 359, 2019/07
小林 大志*; 中嶋 翔梧*; 元川 竜平; 松村 大樹; 斉藤 拓巳*; 佐々木 隆之*
Langmuir, 35(24), p.7995 - 8006, 2019/06
We report the hierarchical structure of zirconium hydroxide after aging at different temperatures to elucidate the factors governing zirconium solubility in aqueous solutions. Zirconium hydroxide solid phases after aging at 25, 40, 60, and 90C under acidic to alkaline conditions were investigated using extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) and wide- and small-angle X-ray scattering (WAXS and SAXS) techniques to reveal the bulk and surface structures of the solid phases from the nanoscale to submicroscale. After aging at 25 C, the fundamental building unit of the solid phase was a zirconium hydroxide tetramer. The tetramers formed primary particles approximately 3 nm in size, which in turn formed aggregates hundreds of nanometers in size. This hierarchical structure was found to be stable up to 60 C under acidic and neutral conditions and up to 40 C under alkaline conditions. After aging at 90 C under acidic conditions and at 60 and 90 C under alkaline conditions, the WAXS and EXAFS measurements suggested the crystallization of the solid phase. The transformation of the solid-phase structure by temperature was discussed in relation to the solubility product to understand the solubility-limiting solid phase. The solubility of zirconium hydroxide after aging at different temperatures was governed not only by the size of the primary particles, but also by their surface configuration.
元川 竜平; 小林 徹; 遠藤 仁; Mu, J.*; Williams, C. D.*; Masters, A. J.*; Antonio, M. R.*; Heller, W. T.*; 長尾 道弘*
ACS Central Science, 5(1), p.85 - 96, 2019/01
We present a hierarchical aggregate model of an organic phase containing a coordination species that acts as a fundamental building unit of higher-order structures formed in the organic phase. We aimed to elucidate the fundamental aspects of the microscopic structure and phase separation occurring in ionic separation and recovery systems during solvent extraction. The coordination species aggregate through a hydrogen-bonding network formed by interaction between the hydrophilic part of the coordination species with extracted water and acid molecules. This reduces the hydrophilic surface area, resulting in subsequent formation of small primal clusters of 2 to 3 nm in diameter. The primal clusters further aggregate due to van der Waals interaction to form large aggregates of 10 nm in diameter. The size of the primal cluster does not depend on the concentration of the coordination species, whereas the size of the large aggregate increases as the aggregation number of the primal clusters increases. We conclude that hybrid interaction is a key driving force in the formation and growth of the hierarchical aggregate and the induction of phase separation of the organic phase.
Mu, J.*; 元川 竜平; 阿久津 和宏*; 西辻 祥太郎*; Masters, A. J.*
Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 122(4), p.1439 - 1452, 2018/02
We present evidence that the transition between organic and third phases, which is an unusual transition between two isotropic, bi-continuous micro-emulsion phases. This system contains quaternary; water, n-dodecane, nitric acid, tributyl phosphate (TBP). This quaternary system has been shown to exhibit, under appropriate conditions, three coexisting phases: a light organic phase, an aqueous phase, and the so-called third phase. In this work, we focused on the coexistence of the light organic phase with the third phase using methods of molecular dynamics (MD) simulation and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). Snapshots from the MD simulations as well as a cluster analysis of the organic and third phases revealed structures akin to bi-continuous micro-emulsion phases, with the polar species residing within a mesh, and with the surface of the mesh formed by amphiphilic TBP molecules. The non-polar n-dodecane molecules were observed in these snapshots to be outside this mesh. The only large-scale structural differences observed between the two phases were the dimensions of the mesh. Evidence for the correctness of these structures was provided by the results of SAXS studies, where the profiles obtained for both the organic and third phases agreed well with those calculated from simulation.
成田 弘一*; 前田 泰生*; 所 千晴*; 鈴木 智也*; 田中 幹也*; 元川 竜平; 塩飽 秀啓; 矢板 毅
Analytical Sciences, 33(11), p.1305 - 1309, 2017/11
Using -tetra-2-ethylhexyl-thiodiglycolamide (TEHTDGA) in -dodecane as the extractant, we compared the percentages of Pd(II) extracted from HCl and HBr solutions, and analyzed the structures of the Pd(II)-extractant complexes. TEHTDGA rapidly extracted Pd(II) from both HCl and HBr solutions, predominantly by formation of a 1:2 Pd(II)/TEHTDGA complex. The extractability of Pd(II) from HBr solution was inferior to that from HCl solution. FT-IR spectroscopy and EXAFS measurements indicated that two of the halide ions in the tetrachloro- or tetrabromopalladate(II) ions were replaced by the sulfur atoms of two TEHTDGA molecules. In the [PdBr(TEHTDGA)] complex, the Pd-S bond was shorter than the Pd-Br bond. We suggest that this bond length difference resulted in greater steric hindrance during coordination of TEHTDGA to the Pd(II) atom in the HBr system than in the HCl system, leading to the lower extractability in the HBr system.
久松 秀悟; 鈴木 伸一; 幸本 重男*; 岸川 圭希*; 山本 雄介*; 元川 竜平; 矢板 毅
Tetrahedron, 73(27-28), p.3993 - 3998, 2017/07
A sensory system incorporated with an amplification function was developed for detection of trace-level fluoride ions. This sensory system comprises two steps, namely, amplification, and chemiluminescence. These steps were linked with chemical reactions and were induced continuously. The process from amplification to chemiluminescence was accomplished in the system by using fluoride ions. The amplification was based on a self-immolative system, which permitted the detection of emissions even at low fluoride ion concentration for system in which chemiluminescence cannot be induced in the absence of fluoride ions. An optical ratio of the chemiluminescent compound and the amplifier was calculated for achieving efficient amplification.
関根 由莉奈; 元川 竜平; 香西 直文; 大貫 敏彦; 松村 大樹; 辻 卓也; 河崎 陸*; 秋吉 一成*
Scientific Reports (Internet), 7(1), p.2064_1 - 2064_8, 2017/05
成田 弘一*; 鈴木 智也*; 元川 竜平
日本金属学会誌, 81(4), p.157 - 167, 2017/04
Most of the refineries for platinum group metals (PGMs) in Japan have adopted solvent extraction methods for mutual separation of PGMs. Few effective extractants for industrial use have been found although some industrial processes were established in 1970s. Recently, some compounds have been reported as candidates for practical PGM extractants in addition to new concepts for PGM extraction mechanisms. In this review article, we present well-known PGM recovery processes based on solvent extraction, industrial extractants and their properties, and conventional extraction mechanism for PGMs. Additionally, we discuss recent interesting extraction systems (amide-type compounds and ionic liquid) and then introduce new extraction concepts based on the specific interactions at the outer-sphere of a metal complex in the organic phase.
前田 泰生*; 成田 弘一*; 所 千晴*; 田中 幹也*; 元川 竜平; 塩飽 秀啓; 矢板 毅
Separation and Purification Technology, 177, p.176 - 181, 2017/04
The separation properties of Pt(IV) over Fe(III) in HCl solutions using -2-ethylhexyl-bis(-di-2-ethylhexyl-ethylamide)amine (EHBAA) were investigated and then compared with those using the conventional extractant tri--octylamine (TOA). Also, the structural analyses of Pt(IV) in both of the aqueous (HCl solution) and organic (EHBAA in -dodecane-2-ethylhexanol solution) phases were performed with EXAFS spectroscopy. The extractability of Pt(IV) was much higher with EHBAA than with TOA in the studied HCl concentration range (0.2-0.8 M HCl); additionally, EHBAA selectively extracted Pt(IV) over Fe(III) under the condition of [EHBAA] 0.1 M and [HCl] 1 M. The Pt(IV) loading capacity of 0.1 M EHBAA was about 9.2 g/L (about 0.05 M). Most of the Pt(IV) extracted with 0.1 M EHBAA from 1 M HCl was stripped with 0.1 M NaOH; the co-extracted Fe(III) was selectively scrubbed with distilled water. The structural studies indicated that the Pt(IV) extracted with EHBAA from 1 M HCl formed an ion-pair complex, [PtCl](EHBAAH).
元川 竜平; 小林 徹; 遠藤 仁*; 池田 隆司; 矢板 毅; 鈴木 伸一; 成田 弘一*; 阿久津 和宏*; Heller, W. T.*
Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 53(8), p.1205 - 1211, 2016/08
This study uses small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) to elucidate the coordination structure of the complex of mono-acetyl substituted dibenzo-20-crown-6-ether (ace-DB20C6) with Cs. SANS profiles obtained for the complex of ace-DB20C6 and Cs (ace-DB20C6/Cs) in deuterated dimethyl sulfoxide indicated that Cs coordination resulted in a more compact structure than the free ace-DB20C6. The data were fit well with SANS profiles calculated using Debye function for scattering on an absolute scattering intensity scale. For this theoretical calculation of the scattering profiles, the coordination structure proposed based on a density functional theory calculation. Consequently, we conclude that the SANS analysis experimentally supports the proposed coordination structure of ace-DB20C6/Cs and suggests the following: (1) the complex of ace-DB20C6 and Cs is formed with an ace-DB20C6/Cs molar ratio of 1/1; (2) the two benzene rings of ace-DB20C6 fold around Cs above the center of the crown ether ring of ace-DB20C6.
元川 竜平; 谷口 竜王*; 熊田 高之; 飯田 優羽*; 青柳 翔太*; 佐々木 祐亮*; 桑折 道済*; 岸川 圭希*
Macromolecules, 49(16), p.6041 - 6049, 2016/08
We present a method for fabricating photonic crystals (PCs) by polymerization-induced microphase separation of block copolymers (BCPs). Molecular weight of BCP for PCs is so large that it has been difficult for conventional solution casting and annealing methods to complete the microphase separation to form periodically-ordered submicron structures. Our method overcomes the difficulty by inducing the micro phase separation and transitions during the polymerization, when the molecular weight of the BCPs is small enough for the microphase separation and transitions. The microphase-separated structure is then enlarged while maintaining the self-similarity. We succeeded in fabricating PCs with reflection wavelength m 1000 nm and a full width at half maximum = 0.05 m by living-radical bulk block-copolymerization of poly(methyl methacrylate)-block-polystyrene.
元川 竜平; 遠藤 仁*; 長尾 道弘*; Heller, W. T.*
Solvent Extraction and Ion Exchange, 34(5), p.399 - 406, 2016/07
We performed neutron polarization analysis (NPA) of extracted organic phases containing complexes, comprised of Zr(NO) and tri-n-butyl phosphate (TBP), which enabled decomposition of the intensity distribution of small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) into the coherent and incoherent scattering components. The coherent scattering intensity, containing structural information, and the incoherent scattering compete over a wide range of magnitude of scattering vector, , specifically when is larger than 1/, where is the radius of gyration of scatterer. Therefore, it is important to determine the incoherent scattering intensity exactly to perform an accurate structural analysis from SANS data when is small, such as the aforementioned extracted coordination species. Although NPA is the best method for evaluating the incoherent scattering component for accurately determining the coherent scattering in SANS, this method is not used frequently in SANS data analysis because it is technically challenging. In this study, we successfully demonstrated that experimental determination of the incoherent scattering using NPA is suitable for sample systems containing a small scatterer with a weak coherent scattering intensity, such as extracted complexes in biphasic solvent extraction system.
Mu, J.*; 元川 竜平; Williams, C. D.*; 阿久津 和宏*; 西辻 祥太郎*; Masters, A. J.*
Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 120(23), p.5183 - 5193, 2016/06
A refined model for tri--butyl phosphate (TBP), which uses a new set of partial charges generated from our ab initio density functional theory calculations, has been proposed in this study. Molecular dynamics simulations are conducted to determine the thermodynamic properties, transport properties, and the microscopic structures of liquid TBP, TBP/water mixtures, and TBP/-alkane mixtures. These results are compared with those obtained from four other TBP models, previously described in the literature. We conclude that our refined TBP model appears to be the only TBP model from this set that, with reasonable accuracy, can simultaneously predict the properties of TBP in bulk TBP, in organic diluents, and in aqueous solution. This new TBP model is thus appropriate for the simulation of liquid-liquid extraction systems in the nuclear extraction process, where one needs to simultaneously model TBP in both aqueous and organic phases. It is also promising for the investigation of the microscopic structure of the organic phase in these processes and for the characterization of third-phase formation, where TBP again interacts simultaneously with both polar and nonpolar molecules. Because the proposed TBP model uses OPLS-2005 Lennard-Jones parameters, it may be used with confidence to model mixtures of TBP with other species whose parameters are given by the OPLS-2005 force field.