Reduction of plutonium in acidic solutions by mesoporous carbons

Tashi Parsons-Moss, Stephen Jones, Jinxiu Wang, Zhangxiong William Wu, Eva Uribe, Dongyuan Zhao, Heino Nitsche

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Batch contact experiments with several porous carbon materials showed that carbon solids spontaneously reduce the oxidation state of plutonium in 1–1.5 M acid solutions, without significant adsorption. The final oxidation state and rate of Pu reduction varies with the solution matrix, and also depends on the surface chemistry and surface area of the carbon. It was demonstrated that acidic Pu(VI) solutions can be reduced to Pu(III) by passing through a column of porous carbon particles, offering an easy alternative to electrolysis with a potentiostat.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2593-2601
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes

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