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  • 1 Bhabha Atomic Research Centre Fuel Chemistry Division 400 085 Trombay, Mumbai India
  • 2 Bhabha Atomic Research Centre Radiochemistry Division 400 085 Trombay, Mumbai India
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Abstract  

Solvent extraction and extraction chromatography studies of uranium and plutonium from oxalate supernatant solutions were carried out using 2-ethyl hexyl-2-ethyl hexyl phosphonic acid (PC88A). Based on the distribution data, it was inferred that both the uranium and plutonium could be recovered satisfactorily from such a solution. These studies were found to be useful in optimising the appropriate concentration of PC88A, HNO3, oxalic acid and temperature to recover more than 90% of plutonium from the large volumes of oxalate bearing waste solutions. Spectral characteristics of the extractant and its complexing behavior with U(VI) was also studied using IR & FTIR.