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Abstract  

The possibility of using di-(2-ethylhexyl)-phosphoric acid (HDEHP) in solvent extraction for the separation of neptunium, plutonium, americium and curium from large amounts of uranium was studied. Neptunium, plutonium, americium and curium (as well as uranium) were extracted from HNO3, whereafter americium and curium were back-extracted with 5M HNO3. Thereafter was neptunium back-extracted in 1M HNO3 containing hydroxylamine hydronitrate. Finally, plutonium was back-extracted in 3M HCl containing Ti(III). The method separates238Pu from241Am for α-spectroscopy. For ICP-MS analysis, the interferences from238U are eliminated: tailing from238U, for analysis of237Np, and the interference of238UH+ for analysis of239Pu. The method has been used for the analysis of actinides in samples from a spent nuclear fuel leaching and radionuclide transport experiment.

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