A procedure for the determination of plutonium in seawater is described. The
plutonium is pre-concentrated by scavenging with Fe(OH)2 and Fe(OH)3 .This purifies for Ca2+, Mg2+ and amphoteric elements. The method is based on a new procedure in which the principle of controlled valence is applied. The redox system SO32- / NO2- was used (1) first to reduce to Pu3+ and afterwards to oxidize to Pu4+. The Pu3+ is separated from U and 210 Po by solvent extraction with TIOA – 6-10 M HCl. Followed by anion exchange of Pu4+ in 8 M HNO3. The decontamination factors of the procedure are >1.7 ⋅ 106 for U and >6.3 ⋅ 104 for Th. The chemical yield is 70-85%.
|Place of Publication||Roskilde|
|Publisher||Risø National Laboratory|
|Number of pages||33|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|
|Series||Denmark. Forskningscenter Risoe. Risoe-R|