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Radiochimica Acta

International Journal for chemical aspects of nuclear science and technology

Ed. by Qaim, Syed M.

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Volume 91, Issue 6 (Jun 2003)


The influence of ozone on ligand-assisted extraction of 239Pu and 241Am from Rocky Flats soil

J. W. Plaue / K.R. Czerwinski
Published Online: 2009-09-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/ract.91.6.309.20026


Chemical extraction of 239Pu and 241Am from a Rocky Flats soil matrix was studied at 50°C using four ligands; citric acid and ascorbic acid at pH 2, EDTA and carbonate at pH 10. The soil was treated for a -12hour reaction period with ozone gas prior to the addition of ligands. With the carbonate ligand, the ozone treatment continued during the entire extraction. High Pu removal was found at pH 2 with ascorbic acid and pH 10 with carbonate. Both maintained redox conditions during the extraction. For the carbonate system, a trend of increased extraction with increasing Eh and carbonate concentration was observed. Ozone treatment of soil prior to addition of EDTA at pH 10 and citric acid at pH 2 was shown to dramatically increase extraction of Am. Since no oxidation of Am occurred, the increased removal from ozone is mainly due to the oxidation of the soil phase containing the Am.

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Published Online: 2009-09-25

Published in Print: 2003-06-01

Citation Information: Radiochimica Acta, ISSN (Online) 2193-3405, ISSN (Print) 0033-8230, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/ract.91.6.309.20026. Export Citation

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