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  • 1 Bhabha Atomic Research Centre Fuel Chemistry Division Trombay, Bombay 400 085 India Trombay, Bombay 400 085 India
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M2UO2(C2O4)2nH2O compounds (M=K, Rb and Cs)have been prepared and characterized by chemical and thermal analyses as well as by X-ray diffraction and infrared spectroscopy. X-ray powder data show that the compounds belong to an orthorhombic system. Thermal and infrared studies show that the compounds decompose to M2UO4 through the formation of alkali metal carbonate and UO2 as intermediates. K2UO2(C2O4)2⋅3H2O, and Rb2UO2(C2O4)2⋅2H2O gave K2UO4, Rb2UO4 at 700 and 600C respectively, while in the case of Cs2UO2(C2O4)2⋅2H2O, the intermediate products of decomposition reacted to yield Cs2U4O13 at 1000C.