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The extraction of uranyl nitrate into open cell polyurethane foam sponge (OCPUFS) from aqueous solution, in the presence of salting agents, has been examined. The extraction efficiency was observed to depend on the concentration of uranyl and nitrate ions. The charge of the cation was also found to influence the distribution ratio. The effect of the change in temperature and pH was also studied. The results are interpreted in terms of OCPUFS acting as a viscous organic ether of moderate dielectric constant.

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Open cell polyurethane foam coated with long chain tertiary amines (Adogen) has been shown to be an effective extractant for uranium in acidic solutions (3>pH>1). With dodecyl alcohol present uranium extraction at pH<1 is effective. The coated foam allowed column flow extraction at high flow rates but capacity studies indicated that only a fraction (about 1/3 to 1/2) of the amine was available for the complexation of the uranium. Interference of some common metal cations indicated that only Co(II) showed a significant adverse effect on the uranium extraction.

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