Evaluation study on properties of isohexyl-BTP/SiO2-P resin for direct separation of trivalent minor actinides from HLLW

Ruiqin Liu, Yuezhou Wei, Shigekazu Usuda, Hiromichi Yamazaki, Yuanlai Xu, Seongyun Kim, Keizo Ishii

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In order to develop a direct separation process for trivalent minor actinides from fission products in high level liquid waste (HLLW) by extraction chromatography, a novel macroporous silica-based 2,6-bis(5,6-diisohexyl)1,2,4- triazin-3-yl)pyridine resin (isohexyl-BTP/SiO2-P resin) was prepared. The content of isohexyl-BTP extractant in the resin was as high as 33.3 wt%. The resin exhibited much higher adsorption affinity for Am(III) in 2-3 M (mol/L) HNO3 solution over U and FP which are contained in HLLW. The kinetic data were analyzed using pseudo-second-order equation. The results suggested that the Eu(III), Gd(III), and Dy(III) adsorption was well explained by the pseudo-second-order equation. Quantitative desorption for adsorbed elements was achieved by using H2O or thiourea as eluting agents. However, the kinetics of adsorption and desorption were rather slow and this drawback needs to be resolved. Stability of the resin against HNO3 was also examined. It was found that the resin was considerably stable against ≤4 M HNO3 solution for the reasons of an extremely small leakage of the extractant into the solution from the resin and the adsorption performance keeping for rare earths in 3 M HNO3 solution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)537-544
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012 May


  • Extraction chromatography
  • Fission products
  • HLLW
  • Minor actinides
  • Rare earths

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Pollution
  • Spectroscopy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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