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  • 1 Lanzhou University College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Lanzhou 730000 P.R. China
  • 2 Chinese Academy of Science Institute of Modern Physics Lanzhou 730000 P.R. China
  • 3 Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics Chemical Sciences Division 1/AF, Bidhannagar Kolkata 700 064 India
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An attempt has been made to develop a radiochemical methodology for the decontamination of a trace amount of radioactive cesium from a bulk amount of natural NaCl by liquid-liquid extraction (LLX). Open chain crown ethers, of amide type, namely, N,N,N",N"-tetraphenyl-3,6-dioxaoctanediamide (TDD), N,N,N",N"-tetraphenyl-3,6,9-trioxaundecanediamide and N,N"-dinaphthyl-N,N"-diphenyl-3,6-dioxaoctanediamide (DDD) have been chosen for this purpose. The separation factor between Cs and Na is the highest when 10-4M TDD dissolved in nitrobenzene is used as extractant and 0.4M picric acid at pH 5.0 is used as aqueous phase. About 60% Cs is extracted in this condition in a single run.