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Extraction of europium(III) from nitric acid medium by a solution of tri-n-butylphosphate (TBP) and n-octyl(phenyl)-N,N-diisobutylcarbamoylmethylphosphine oxide (CMPO) in the room temperature ionic liquid, 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (amimNTf2 where a = butyl or hexyl or octyl), was studied. The distribution ratio of (152+154)Eu(III) in TBP-CMPO/bmimNTf2 was measured as a function of various parameters such as the concentrations of nitric acid, CMPO and NaNO3. Remarkably large distribution ratios were observed for the extraction of europium(III) when bmimNTf2 acted as diluent. The stoichiometry of metal-solvate in organic phase was determined by the slope analysis of extraction data.

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Solvent extraction of tetravalent thorium and trivalent europium ions from nitrate media into dichloromethane solution of triphenylphosphine oxide (TPPO) has been studied. The extractant was shown to be more efficient for europium than for thorium. A conventional log-log analysis reveals that the extraction of both metal nitrates takes place via the formation of the species with 1 : 2 metal to ligand ratio. Thermodynamic parameters i.e., ΔG°, ΔH° and ΔS° of the extraction process using 1,2-dichloroethane as diluent have been calculated based on the influence of the temperature on extraction equilibria in the range 293-313 K. While the extraction of europium is controlled by enthalpy changes, the extraction of thorium is an endothermic process and is driven by entropy changes. A comparison of these data with those obtained for the extraction of europium and thorium nitrates by two other related phosphorylated ligands, tri-n-octylphosphine oxide (TOPO) and diphenyl-N,N-dimethylcarbamoylmethylphosphine oxide (DФDMCMPO), indicates that DФDMCMPO coordinates presumably as a chelating ligand.

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Partition of radionuclides in aqueous liquid-liquid systems allows speciation of bioinorganic forms under nondenaturing conditions. From the fresh pasteurized skim bovine milk spiked with respective radionuclides and agitated with 4% w/w water solution of apple pectin, about 80% of cesium, 22% of strontium and less than 1.5% of europium is recovered with the pectin, phase at an initial milk — pectin volume ratio of 73. This recovery fraction is proportional to the abundance of radionuclides in milk serum. No protein bound fraction of strontium extractable by Aerosol OT in isooctane was obtained. More than 3-fold preconcentration of strontium and europium radionuclides in milk is achieved after 10–15 min membraneless osmosis with pectin phase.

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The extraction of europium to a W/O microemulsion with an anionic surfactant was studied. In the sodium oleate (NaOL)/pentanol/heptane/NaCl system, the influence of aqueous-microemulsion ratio, concentration of NaOL, extraction temperature, concentration of cosurfactant, pH and salting-out agent on the extraction yield were investigated. Europium was probably extracted into the microemulsion phase in the form of Eu(OL)2Cl, and the extraction yield (E%) was above 99% when R = 8. The enthalpy and entropy of Eu(III) extraction were calculated to be −12.18 kJ/mol and −61.41 J/(mol K), respectively. The back-extraction is conducted by hydrochloric acid (0.8 mol/L), which provided better back-extraction yields (95.15%).

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The present work confirms the high separation ability of purified Cyanex 301 towards trivalent americium over europium in liquid-liquid extraction. Solvent 2-nitrophenyl octyl ether (NPOE) lowered the partitioning of Am3+ but remained the separation ability over europium. Solvent toluene and 3-octanone lowered the separation factor to 1000. It is feasible to separate Am3+ from Eu3+ by Cyanex 301 which was immobilized in the macro porous polymer (MPP). 3-Octanone is a suitable solvent for dissolving NH4OH-saponified Cyanex 301 and MPP is a suitable solid supported material for column operation. A five-step column experiment demonstrated the feasibility to separate Am3+ from Eu3+ in column which was packed with Cyanex 301-impregnated MPP.

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The solubility and solubility product of europium trifluoride were measured by radiometric, potentiometric and conductometric methods. There are significant differences in the values of both solubility and solubility product obtained by the three different techniques. Due to reasons discussed in the text, radiometric values seem to be more acceptable than the others. The thermodynamic functions such as ΔH0, ΔG0 and ΔS0 for the dissolution process were also measured. The positive values of ΔH0 and ΔG0 and the negative value of ΔS0 are indicative of the slight solubility of EuF3. The dependence of solubility on pH and also on the fluoride concentration has also been studied. It was confirmed that europium forms a monofoluoride complex in aqueous solution. The stability constant of this complex was estimated.

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Methods for simultaneous determination of europium and terbium based on concentration dependent distribution is described. With these methods, the distribution ratios of elements are measured in two types of substoichiometric systems. Possibility of determining these elements simultaneously is investigated experimentally by using two pairs of substoichiometric complexans/excess extracting agents, such as DTPA/HTTA and EDTA/HTTA. Relative errors and precisions for simultaneous determination of the elements are less than 5%.

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Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Authors: J. Ramírez-García, M. Jiménez-Reyes, M. Solache-Ríos, E. Fernández-Ramírez, H. López-González, and A. Rojas-Hernández

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The solubility of europium at 0.02M, 0.1M and 0.7M NaClO4 ionic strength solutions was determined by a radiometric method and pEus-pCH diagrams were obtained. Hydrolysis constants were also determined at the same ionic strengths by pH titration and the values found were log * 1 = -7.68±0.11, -8.07±0.10 and -8.20±0.11. The log K sp values were -23.5±0.2, -22.7±0.2 and -21.9±0.2 for 0.02M, 0.1M and 0.7M NaClO4 ionic strengths, respectively, at 303 K under CO2-free conditions and the extrapolated value at zero ionic strength was log K sp 0 = -24.15. The working pCH ranges for the calculation of the hydrolysis constants were selected from the pEus-pCH diagrams in the region where precipitation of europium oxide or hydroxide was less than 20%. Europium removal from aqueous solutions with zeolites was explored.

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The effect of gamma irradiation on benzene solutions of benzyldibutylamine with cetyl alcohol used for the extraction of europium and americium from nitrate solutions was investigated. The dependence of the distribution coefficient on the dose absorbed either by the whole system or some efficient component was measured. Nitric acid present during irradiation significantly lowers the radiation stability, while benzyldibutylamine and cetyl alcohol appear to be radiostable components. Up to tens of kGy's—the doses expected in an extraction process from highly active solutions—the system seems to be quite stable.

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A simple neutron activation method has been developed for the determination of europium in biological tissues and applied in the analysis of marine organism samples with ±9% precision at the nanogram level. The method is based on the separation, by ion-exchange, of the rare earth group from dry or ashed irradiated tissues and subsequent determination of152mEu, by γ-spectrometry using a lithium drifted germanium detector.152mEu, separated almost completely from other than rare earth elements, with better than 98% chemical yield, is counted on the 121.8 keV photopeak which then is practically free from any other γ-ray energy interfering in this counting.

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