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Development of highly selective ligands for separations of actinides from lanthanides in the nuclear fuel cycle

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Lewis, F., Hudson, M. J. and Harwood, L. (2011) Development of highly selective ligands for separations of actinides from lanthanides in the nuclear fuel cycle. Synlett, 2011 (18). pp. 2609-2632. ISSN 1437-2096

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1289557

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This account summarizes recent work by us and others on the development of ligands for the separation of actinides from lanthanides contained in nuclear waste streams in the context of a future European strategy for nuclear waste management. The current status of actinide/lanthanide separations worldwide is briefly discussed, and the synthesis, development, and testing of different classes of heterocyclic soft N- and S-donor ligands in Europe over the last 20 years is presented. This work has led to the current benchmark ligand that displays many of the desirable qualities for industrial use. The improvement of radiolytic stability through ligand design is also discussed.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Chemistry
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Chemical Analysis Facility (CAF)
ID Code:24666
Uncontrolled Keywords:heterocycles; ligands; actinides; solvent extraction; lanthanides
Publisher:Thieme Publishing

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