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  • 1 The Institute of Science Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 400 032 Bombay India
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Thorium was extracted from a mixture of nitric acid and NaNO3 of 0.01M each at pH 2.2 on a column of silica gel coated with TOPO. Thorium was separated from alkalis, alkaline earths, chromium, iron, cobalt, nickel, zinc, cadmium, mercury, lead, trivalent rare earths, platinum group metals, chloride, phosphate and acetate in binary mixtures by selective extraction of thorium. Thorium was separated from cerium (IV), zirconium, uranium and molybdenum by selective elution of thorium with 0.01M H2SO4. The method was extended for the analysis of thorium in monozite ore.