Anion-exchange behavior of Mo(V) and W(VI) in HCl solutions

Masahito Uchikoshi, Tadasuke Nagahara, Jae Won Lim, Sang Bae Kim, Kouji Mimura, Minoru Isshiki

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The distribution coefficients of Mo(V) and W(VI) on anion-exchange resin from hydrochloric acid solutions, the separation factor of W(VI) over Mo(V), and adsorption isotherm of Mo(V) at 30°C were investigated as the fundamentals of chemical separation process of Mo and W. Prior to the acquiring the equilibrium distribution coefficients, the stability of Mo(V) oxy-chloro complex were examined using spectrophotometer and the solubility of WCl6 in HCl solution was determined. Molybdenum(V) adsorbs on anion-exchange resin strongly in > 4MHCl and slightly in < 2MHCl and the distribution coefficients ofMo(V) are always higher than those of W(VI). Taking both the distribution coefficients and the separation factors into consideration predicts that the optimum condition for the separation of Mo(V) and W(Vl) is in 2 M HCl at 30°C. In addition, adsorption isotherm of Mo(V) shows that the distribution coefficients in 2 M HCl is independent of the concentration of Mo(V) in the solution phase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-351
Number of pages7
JournalHigh Temperature Materials and Processes
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Aug


  • Absorption spectrum
  • Anion-exchange
  • Distribution coefficient
  • Purification


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