Solvent extraction studies using tetracycline as complexing agent
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The behaviour of tetracycline as an extracting agent for strontium, iodine, barium, molybdenum, technetium, zirconium, niobium, cesium, ruthenium, tellurium and uranium has been studied and the influence of the acidity of the aqueous phase upon extraction of the elements mentioned has been examined. Experiments have been made to determine whether or not the species extracted into the organic phase is the complex formed between tetracycline and the elements considered as well as to determine the time of shaking necessary so that the equilibrium between the phases is attained. As a practical application, the possibility of using the tetracycline-benzyl alcohol system for separating the fission products137Cs,140Ba,140La,141Ce,103Ru,95Zr and95Nb from each other and from uranium is presented. The same study has been made for131I,99mTc,99Mo,132Te,239Np and uranium and the steps necessary for the separation of these elements are proposed.
KeywordsZirconium Iodine Uranium Acidity Molybdenum
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