Development of highly selective ligands for separations of actinides from lanthanides in the nuclear fuel cycle

Lewis, Frank, Hudson, Michael and Harwood, Laurence (2011) Development of highly selective ligands for separations of actinides from lanthanides in the nuclear fuel cycle. Synlett, 2011. pp. 2609-2632. ISSN 0936-5214

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Abstract

This account summarises recent work by ourselves and others on the development of ligands for the separation of actinides from lanthanides contained in nuclear waste streams in the context of a future European strategy for nuclear waste management. The current status of actinide/lanthanide separations worldwide is briefly discussed and the synthesis, development and testing of different classes of soft N- and S-donor heterocyclic ligands in Europe over the last 20 years is presented. This work has led to the current benchmark ligand that displays many of the desirable qualities for industrial use. The improvement of radiolytic stability through ligand design is also discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: heterocycles, ligands, actinides, solvent extraction, lanthanides
Subjects: F100 Chemistry
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences > Applied Sciences
Depositing User: Frank Lewis
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2013 10:30
Last Modified: 27 May 2017 06:57
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/10882

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