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Burn-up measurements on thermal as well as fast reactor fuels were carried out using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). A column chromatographic technique using di-(2-ethylhexyl) phosphoric acid (HDEHP) coated column was employed for the isolation of lanthanides from uranium, plutonium and other fission products. Ion-pair HPLC was used for the separation of individual lanthanides. The atom percent fissions were calculated from the concentrations of the lanthanide (neodymium in the case of thermal reactor and lanthanum for the fast reactor fuels) and from uranium and plutonium contents of the dissolver solutions. The HPLC method was also used for determining the fractional fissions from uranium and plutonium for the thermal reactor fuel.

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A rapid and high resolution separation of lanthanides by HPLC technique has been developed using Di-(2-ethylhexyl) phosphoric acid (HDEHP) coated reverse phase column and a-hydroxy isobutyric acid as the complexing reagent for elution. A gradient elution technique has been developed for achieving the separation of the entire lanthanide series. Isocratic elution procedure has also been developed for the separation of lighter (La to Gd) as well heavier lanthanides (Lu to Tb). This paper describes the separation methods developed and their application for the determination of lanthanides in a fission product mixture.

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Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Authors: R. Kumar, N. Sivaraman, A. Thiruvenkadasamy, C.R. Venkata Subramani, and P.R. Vasudeva Rao

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Carrier-free 22Na was separated from bulk quantities of magnesium by both ion exchange and extraction chromatographic techniques. An extraction chromatographic procedure based on di-(2-ethylhexyl) phosphoric acid (HDEHP) coated on to an inert support (Amberlite XAD-7) was developed for the first time for separation of sodium from magnesium. The sorption behavior for sodium and magnesium was studied as a function of percentage of HDEHP loaded on to the inert support as well as pH of aqueous phase. These data were used to arrive at the optimum conditions of separation. In addition, carrier free 22Na was also separated from magnesium using ion exchange chromatographic technique.

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