Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 318, Issue 3, pp 1821–1826 | Cite as

Studies of the homologs and pseudo-homologs of flerovium with crown ether based extraction chromatography resins

  • John D. DespotopulosEmail author
  • Kelly N. Kmak
  • Narek Gharibyan
  • Kenton J. Moody
  • Ralf Sudowe
  • Dawn A. Shaughnessy


A crown-ether based extraction chromatography resin, Eichrom Pb, has been characterized for separations of the flerovium (Fl) pseudo-homolog Hg. Previous results on the batch uptake of Pb(II) and Sn(IV) are compared with newly investigated Hg(II) in HCl matrices. It was determined that all three elements can be strongly retained by the resin at different HCl concentrations. To assess the feasibility for performing an experiment on the chemical properties of Fl using this resin the extraction kinetics were studied. A separation method for the isolation of the homologs Pb(II) and Sn(IV) and pseudo-homolog Hg(II) has been established using 2 mL pre-packed Pb resin columns under vacuum flow.


Macrocycles Crown ethers Extraction chromatography Flerovium Homologs Heavy element Mercury Lead Tin 



The authors would like to thank CAMS facility staff at LLNL, specifically Scott Tumey, Thomas Brown and Graham Bench for providing beam time and expertise to the production of radionuclides used in this study. This study was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344. This work was funded by the Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program at LLNL under project tracking code 11-ERD-011 and 17-LW-035, as well as by the LLNL Livermore Graduate Scholar Program.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John D. Despotopulos
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kelly N. Kmak
    • 2
  • Narek Gharibyan
    • 1
  • Kenton J. Moody
    • 1
  • Ralf Sudowe
    • 3
  • Dawn A. Shaughnessy
    • 1
  1. 1.Nuclear and Chemical Sciences DivisionLawrence Livermore National LaboratoryLivermoreUSA
  2. 2.University of California BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA
  3. 3.Department of Environmental and Radiological Health SciencesColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA

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