The applicability of 2,6-bis[1-(propan-1-ol)-1,2,3-triazol-4-yl)]pyridine (PyTri-Diol) in the innovative Selective ActiNide EXtraction (i-SANEX) process as water-soluble complexing agent was studied. Preliminary batch experiments were aimed at identifying the optimal formulation of the PyTri-Diol solution and at preparing the ground for single-stage centrifugal contactor experiments. A N,N,N,N tetraoctyl diglycolamide (TODGA)-based solvent loaded using a spiked synthetic Plutonium and Uranium Reduction EXtraction raffinate and the optimized PyTri-Diol aqueous phase were contacted in a single-stage annular centrifugal contactor setup with three different flow-rate conditions. No hydrodynamic problems were encountered, and promising minor actinide separation from other cations was achieved with satisfactory kinetics and stage efficiency. The flow sheet of a TODGA-PyTri-Diol-based i-SANEX process was designed exploiting batch and single-stage data, promoting the CHON compliant PyTri-Diol as excellent alternative to the formerly used SO3-Ph-BTP.

Optimization and Single-Stage Centrifugal Contactor Experiments with the Novel Hydrophilic Complexant PyTri-Diol for the i-SANEX Process

Mossini, Eros;Macerata, Elena;Mariani, Mario
2018

Abstract

The applicability of 2,6-bis[1-(propan-1-ol)-1,2,3-triazol-4-yl)]pyridine (PyTri-Diol) in the innovative Selective ActiNide EXtraction (i-SANEX) process as water-soluble complexing agent was studied. Preliminary batch experiments were aimed at identifying the optimal formulation of the PyTri-Diol solution and at preparing the ground for single-stage centrifugal contactor experiments. A N,N,N,N tetraoctyl diglycolamide (TODGA)-based solvent loaded using a spiked synthetic Plutonium and Uranium Reduction EXtraction raffinate and the optimized PyTri-Diol aqueous phase were contacted in a single-stage annular centrifugal contactor setup with three different flow-rate conditions. No hydrodynamic problems were encountered, and promising minor actinide separation from other cations was achieved with satisfactory kinetics and stage efficiency. The flow sheet of a TODGA-PyTri-Diol-based i-SANEX process was designed exploiting batch and single-stage data, promoting the CHON compliant PyTri-Diol as excellent alternative to the formerly used SO3-Ph-BTP.
Partitioning; i-SANEX; PyTri ligand; TODGA; single-stage centrifugal contactor
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