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151Eu Mössbauer spectrum of IR-transmitting calcium aluminate glass, 60CaO·32Al2O3·5Fe2O3·3Eu2O3, consists of a broad peak due to distorted Eu(III) with and values of 0.91 and –2.02 mm·s–1, respectively. Debye temperatures ( D) of 360 and 320 K were obtained from the temperature dependence of absorption area (A) and that of , respectively. These D values indicate that Eu(III) atoms occupy substitutional sites of distorted Al(III)O4 tetrahedra in calcium aluminate glass. The value of 0.62 mm/s obtained from the heat-treated sample (glass ceramic) indicates that Eu(III)-O bonds became less covalent. A smaller value of –1.20 mm·s–1 was obtained for Eu(III) in the glass ceramic, indicating less distorted Eu(III)O4 tetrahedra.

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Organic substances present in radioactive waste lower the sorption of metal ions at the high pH in cement matrices and, hence, enhance their possible migration. The aim of this study was to develop a method to compare organic substances or their degradation products with respect to what extent they affect metal sorption. Batch sorption studies were performed with cement or TiO2 as solid phase and Eu(III) as a model element for trivalent lanthanides and actinides at pH 12.5 (representative of a cement waste matrix during the first approximately 100,000 years). Different kinds of ligands were studied in a broad concentration range, e.g., organic acids, cement additives, cleaning agents and degradation products from ion-exchange resin.

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Distribution of trace amount of Eu(III), or Am(III), in the aqueous/solid system containing humic acid and kaolinite, or montmorillonite, was studied by batch experiments. Humic acid was also adsorbed on the clay minerals and its adsorption isotherm can be regarded as a Langmuir type. It is shown that Eu(III), or Am(III), exists as humate complex either in the aqueous or on solid phase in the system including kaolinite, or montmorillonite. These results suggest that the organic-inorganic complex like clay minerals coated with humic substances is important as metal reservoir in the environment.

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The distribution of 137Cs, 152Eu, 238U, and 85Sr in a solid/aqueous system (poly(methyl acrylate)/phosphate/composite in contact with groundwater, was investigated using γ-Spectrometry and flourometry. The results were compared with earlier results with mineral phosphate in the solid phase. The effect of contact time, pH and the concentration of concurrent element were studied. The ability of the prepared polymer composites to keep the studied radioisotopes in the solid phase is much higher than mineral phosphate. The used polymer composites have been prepared consisting of natural phosphate powder and the monomer methyl acrylate using gamma irradiation. The yield of polymerization was followed up with respect to the irradiation dose using thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA). A thermomechanical analyzer (TMA) was used to locate the area of the glass transition temperatures (T g) using the mode with alternative variable force; the mode with constant force was used to determine the T g of the pure polymer and the polymer composite prepared at the same irradiation dose. The T g of the pure poly(methyl acrylate) is 13 ± 3 °C, and the T g of poly(methyl acrylate)/phosphate/composites is 8 ± 3 °C. The T g were also determined using the DSC technique, and similar values were found.

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Temperature effect on the synergic extraction of Eu(III) by thenoyltrifluoroacetone (HTTA) in the presence of 2,2-bipyridyl(bipyr) and 1,10-phenanthroline (phen) from sodium acetate buffer solution at pH 4.20 has been investigated. Extractions were carried out at 15, 25, and 35°C. It was observed that the increasing temperature favours the extraction of Eu(III) by HTTA alone while the reverse is true for synergic extractions. The extraction data indicate the formation of synergic adducts containing only one molecule of the bidentate amine i.e. Eu(TTA)3. B where B=bipyr or phen. The synergic reaction is favoured by the enthalpy changes alone. Thermodynamic parameters suggest a mechanism for the synergic extraction which involves complex formation with an increase or expansion of the coordination number of the central metal atom. Larger synergic and enthalpy changes observed for phen as compared to bipyr are probably due to the cis position of its N-atoms readily available for chelate ring formation.

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The extraction of U(VI), Eu and Am by the aromatic main component (HA) of LIX 64N dissolved in toluene was studied at pH 3–9. The values of pH1/2 for the extraction with 0.146 M HA are 4.0, 5.5 and 5.2, and the pH's of maximum extraction are 6.0, 6.8, and 7.0 for U(VI), Eu and Am, respectively. The stoichiometry of the extracted chelates determined by the slope analysis is UO2A2 and MA3–nYn (n=1,2) for Eu and Am, the ligand Y being probably the nitrate anion. The addition of tri-n-octylphosphine oxide (TOPO) enhances the extraction of U(VI) and especially of Eu at pH<6. An Eu chelate species solvated by 2 TOPO molecules is extracted at pH 4 by the mixture of HA+TOPO, whereas the species extracted at pH 6.5 is not solvated by TOPO.

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The151/153Eu isotope effects were investigated for the lignad exchange reaction between Eu(III) ions in the extraction system: [Eu(III),di(2-ethylhexyl) phosphoric acid]org↔[Eu(III), H+A(A=Cl,NO 3 ,SO 4 2− )]aq. It was observed that the heavy isotope153Eu was preferentially fractionated into the organic phase. The following values of the unit separation gains, ε=ln(q), were found: 7.3·10−5 for Cl, 13.0·10−5 for NO 3 , and 9.4·10−5 for SO 4 2− . The direction of the effect was opposite, and its absolute value was about one order of magnitude lower, in respect to the effect observed in the redox exchange, Eu(II)↔Eu(III), in a similar extraction system.

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The extraction behavior of Sm(III), Eu(III) and Dy(III) with 1-nitroso-2-naphthol (HA) and trioctylphosphine oxide (TOPO) in methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) from aqueous NaClO4 solutions in the pH range 4–9 at 0.1M ionic strength has been studied. The equilibrium concentrations of Sm and Dy were measured using their short-lived neutron activation products,155Sm and165mDy, respectively. In the case of Eu, the concentrations were assayed through the152,154Eu radiotracer. The distribution ratios of these elements were determined as a function of pH, 1-nitroso-2-naphthol and TOPO concentrations. The extractions of Sm, Eu and Dy were found to be quantitative with MIBK solutions in the pH range 5.9–7.5, 5.6–7.5 and 5.8–7.5, respectively. Quantitative extraction of Eu was also obtained between pH 5.8 and 8.8 with chloroform solutions. The results show that these lanthanides (Ln) are extracted as LnA3 chelates with 1-nitroso-2-naphthol alone, and in the presence of TOPO as LnA3(TOPO) and LnA3(TOPO)2 adducts. The extraction constants and the adduct formation constants of these complexes have been calculated.

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The following extraction systems have been studied: (Ce3++Eu3+) (NO3)-(EDTA, DCTA, DTPA)/TBP in n-alkane and (Ce3++Eu3+)(NO3)/DEHPA in n-alkane at concentration ratios as follows: [Ce3+]=trace –1 mol·dm–3, [Eu3+]=trace –0.1 mol·dm–3. [TBP]=(0.183–1.83) mol·dm–3, [DEHPA]=(5·10–3–0.1) mol·dm–3, [(H, Na)NO3]=(0.1–6) mol·dm–3, [Eu3+]: [EDTA, DCTA, DTPA]=11–110. The initial concentration of Eu3+ in aqueous phase in the extraction system containing a mixture of Ce3+ and Eu3+ was trace, 1% and 10% compared with the Ce3+ concentration. The distribution of the elements between the phases was observed radiometrically using141Ce,152Eu and154Eu. The results are documented by the distribution ratios DCe, DEu and separation factor =DEu/DCe as functions of variable parameters of the systems.

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From extraction experiments and γ-activity measurements, the extraction constants corresponding to the general equilibrium Eu3+(aq) + 3A(aq) + L(nb) ⇔ EuL3+(nb) + 3A(nb) taking part in the two-phase water–nitrobenzene system (A = CF3SO3 ; L = p-tert-butylcalix[6]arene, p-tert-butylcalix[8]arene; aq = aqueous phase, nb = nitrobenzene phase) were evaluated. Further, the stability constants of the EuL3+ complexes in nitrobenzene saturated with water were calculated for a temperature of 25 °C as log β nb(EuL3+) = 6.4 ± 0.1 (L = p-tert-butylcalix[6]arene) and log β nb(EuL3+) = 11.3 ± 0.1 (L = p-tert-butylcalix[8]arene).

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