A novel approach for extraction of plutonium and americium from aqueous complexing media

  • Bal Govind Vats
  • I. C. Pius
  • D. M. Noronha
  • S. Kannan


A new approach for the extraction of plutonium and americium from aqueous media containing complexing ligands has been investigated using a new extractant N,N′-dioctyl-α-hydroxy acetamide. Studies have been carried out on the extraction of Am(III) and Pu(IV) by this extractant from media containing complexing ligands such as PO43−, C2O42− and F which are difficult to extract due to the non-extractability of the complexed form of these metal ions. Present study has revealed that, addition of non-complexing anions such as ClO4, I, SCN into the medium containing complexing ligand greatly enhanced extraction of Pu(IV) and Am(III), making the extraction of these nuclides possible.


Extraction Plutonium Americium Hydroxy acetamide Radio-active waste 



The authors wish to thank Dr. B.S. Tomar, Former Group Director of RC & IG for his constant encouragement during this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bal Govind Vats
    • 1
    • 2
  • I. C. Pius
    • 1
  • D. M. Noronha
    • 1
  • S. Kannan
    • 1
  1. 1.Fuel Chemistry DivisionBhabha Atomic Research CentreMumbaiIndia
  2. 2.Homi Bhabha National InstituteMumbaiIndia

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