Ammonium uranates are important intermediates in the preparation of nuclear fuel UO2. These can generally be prepared through two different routes: heterogeneous (conventional) and homogeneous methods of precipitation.
In the conventional method, ammonium hydroxide, gaseous ammonia and ammonium carbonate are the precipitating agents. In the
homogeneous method, urea hydrolysis is used to generate in situ ammonia needed for precipitation. For the present studies,
ammonium hydroxide is used for the conventional and urea for the homogeneous methods of precipitation. The uranates, thusprepared,
are characterized by thermogravimetry (TG), differential thermogravimetry (DTG)and differential thermal analysis (DTA). Thermally
the numbers of decomposition steps are identical for both uranates but the temperatures of the decomposition and mass losses
vary. The intermediate and final oxides are identified by X-ray diffractometry (XRD).