Studies on the individual potentiometric determination of uranium and plutonium in a single aliquot have been initiated recently
in our laboratory. It was required to adapt the reported procedures (for the precise determination of uranium and plutonium
individually when present together in a sample) at various stages to make them suitable for the successive application of
the procedures to the same aliquot. Two alternative schemes are proposed in the present work. In the first, plutonium is determined
by HClO4 oxidation followed by the determination of total uranium and plutonium by Zn(Hg) reduction. In the second, plutonium is determined
by AgO oxidation following the determination of total uranium and plutonium by Zn(Hg) reduction. Amount of uranium is computed
in both cases from the difference of two determinations. Precision for the assay of plutonium and uranium was found to be
±0.25% and ±0.35%, respectively, at milligram levels.
Authors:G. Rama Rao, V. Manchanda, and P. Natarajan
Present work summairzes a method for the estimation of uranium in the presence of plutonium involving the reduction of uranium to U/IV/ and plutonium to Pu/III/ by Zn/Hg/ followed by the selective oxidation of Pu/III/to Pu/IV/with HNO3 catalyzed by molybdate in the presence of large sulphate concenration [5M H2SO4+1.5M /NH4/2SO4]. The oxidation of U/IV/ by K2Cr2O7 is then carried out in the presence of excess of Fe/III/ and Al/NO3/3 to a sharp potentiometric end point. R.S.D. obtained for 20 determinations of uranium /3–6 mg/ was 0.3% in the presence of 0.35 mg of plutonium. Larger quantity for plutonium was found to interfere.
Oxidation of cyclohexanol free from peroxide by carbon tetrachloride under the influence of gamma radiation was carried out both for air saturated and deareated systems. Large values for the formation of HCl are obtained. A kinetic expression consistent with experimental observations has been derived.
Sixty durum wheat genotypes were analysed for protein (gliadin) polymorphism to find out the existing genetic diversity, and to assess its utility for improvement in grain yield along with quality traits. Six different
alleles were found in land races, rust resistance sources and old released varieties, while two in recently released and advance lines. Most of the recently released varieties and advance lines showed γ-45/
alleles, which is the best type for pasta making quality, remaining showed γ-42/
allele, which are not good for pasta making. It is advisable to select for γ-45/
as a bio-chemical marker in the future breeding programmes. The rust resistance sources do not possess γ-45/
alleles, so these lines can be used as donors to introduce disease resistance in the good quality recently released varieties, which are containing γ-45/
alleles. From hierarchical analysis, it was found that landraces, released varieties and rust resistance sources are genetically distinct. The presence of new γ-gliadin patterns are interesting in rust resistance sources and need to be investigated for their role in pasta making as well as overall technological quality of durum wheat.
The spiny capsule of Argemone mexicanadevelops from a unilocular ovary with numerous ovules borne on pariteal placentae. The ovary wall comprises a layer of outer epidermis and inner epidermis each with 12 to 14 layered ground parenchyma or mesoderm in between. The epicarp, which develops from the outer epidermis of the developing pericarp, possesses numerous anomocytic type of stomata, but no trichomes. The deep lyind mesodermal layers from the mesocarp, which embed pericarpic vascular bundles and their tangentially extended ramifications. The thin walled and highly vacuolated mesocarpic cells undergo disorganisation at the maturity of fruit. The tangentially elongated cells of inner epidermis of ovary from the endocarp, which at maturity of the fruit possesses thick walled cells. The cells of placentum of developing fruit contain abundant starch. Due to the contraction of disorganised parenchyma cells, the dried fruit, leaving the marginal veins and persistent stigma, dechisces at its apical region.
The kinetics of chlorine isotope exchange between chloramine-B /CAB/ and chloride has been studied using ion-exchange separation and tracer technique. McKay's plot are linear. The exchange reaction is fast in acidic medium, very slow in neutral medium and does not take place in alkaline medium. In the acidic range the exchange is maximum at pH 3.3. The rate of exchange decreases at pH >3.3 and <3.3. The order with respect to CAB and chloride is unity. The order with respect to [H+] is unity at pH>5. Addition of neutral salt or parent compound has no effect on the rate of exchange. Activation energy and activation entropy for this exchange reaction have been calculated.
Several adducts of U(IV) and Th(IV) with 1,1,1,2,2,3,3-heptafluoro-7,7-dimethyl-4,6-octanedione (FOD) as -diketone and a variety of neutral oxodonors were synthesized and characterized by visible spectral, proton magnetic resonance as well as thermogravimetric studies. Adducts with dimethylformamide (DMF) were found to be most volatile, whereas with trioctylphosphine oxide (TOPO) were quite susceptible towards decomposition.
The stability constants of the complex of Pu/III/ with a humic acid at pH 2.9 and 5.0 were measured using solvent-extraction technique. The organic extractant was dinonyl naphthalene sulphonic acid in sodium form /NaD/ in benzene while the humate aqueous phase had a constant ionic strength of 0.5M /NaClO4/. The total carboxylate capacity of the humic acid was determined by direct potentiometric titration to be 6.201 Meq g–1. The apparent pKa increased as the degree of ionization // increased. The 1g
1 values of the complex of Pu/III/ with humic acid have been determined to be 2.8 and 3.11 at pH 2.9 and 5.0, respectively.
The exchange between bromamine-T and radioactive bromide has been carried out in various media. The exchange is maximum at pH=2 and decreases in strong as well as weak acid media. No exchange occurs in alkaline medium. The optimum conditions for the preparation of radiobromamine-T with high specific activity are reported.