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The objectives of this project are to use electrochemical techniques to develop a thermodynamic understanding of actinide and lanthanide species in RTIL solution, and to use this data to effectively separate species with very similar chemical properties. In consultation with a national laboratory collaborator, electrochemical methods and materials will be evaluated and used to exploit the thermodynamic differences between similar chemical species, enhancing the ability to selectively target and sequester individual species from mixtures. This project is in its third year and has successfully completed phases 1 and 2. Phase 3 has been partially completed. The tasks have been expanded to include a fourth phase.
The following were specific goals for this year:
- To prepare RTIL solutions.
- To evaluate the potential window of RTIL solutions.
- To develop a fundamental understanding of the thermodynamic properties of actinide and lanthanide species (such as Cm, Am, Ce, Nd, Eu, and Sm) in RTIL solutions.
Actinide elements; Americium; Cerium; Curium; Electrochemistry; Europium; Nuclear fuels; Rare earth metals; Room Temperature Ionic Liquid (RTIL) solution; Separation (Technology)
Actinide elements; Rare earth metals; Separation (Technology)
Analytical Chemistry | Chemistry | Oil, Gas, and Energy | Physical Chemistry
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Hatchett, D. W.,
Electrochemical Separation of Curium and Americium.
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