A review of calixarene applications in nuclear industries

  • Bahram Mokhtari
  • Kobra Pourabdollah
  • Naser Dallali


Calixarenes has been subject to extensive research in development of many extractants, transporters, stationary phases, electrode ionophores and optical and electrochemical sensors over the past four decades. In this paper, the nuclear applications of calixarenes are summarized in six fields including complexation studies, solvent extraction, membrane transport, chromatography, luminescent and colorimetric applications, and electroanalytical applications. In the first to fourth sections, the extractability, extraction equilibria and extraction constants of lanthanide, actinide and other nuclear waste cations ions, which were subjected to solvent extraction by the macrocyclic ligands, are reviewed. In two last sections, the analytical applications of calixarene complexes towards nuclear waste cations, including spectroscopic and electroanalytic sensors, are discussed. The examples described in this review illustrate the potential of calixarene derivatives in the rapidly growing field of cations recognition in nuclear wastes.


Nuclear Calixarene Lanthanide Actinide Nuclear waste cations 



This work was supported by National Iranian Oil Company and Islamic Azad University.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bahram Mokhtari
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kobra Pourabdollah
    • 3
  • Naser Dallali
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, Faculty of ScienceZanjan UniversityZanjanIran
  2. 2.Department of Production EngineeringIranian Offshore Oil CompanyLavan IslandIran
  3. 3.Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringIslamic Azad UniversityShahrezaIran

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