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A rapid, single-column extraction chromatographic method using commercially available UTEVA resin has been developed for the separation of uranium, plutonium, neptunium and americium. The method yields recoveries superior to 90% and allows direct loading of separated fractions on filaments for subsequent analysis by thermal ionisation mass spectrometry. The use of reagents compatible with robotized equipment allows automation of the separation process for routine analysis of nuclear materials. The redox reactions between plutonium, neptunium and hydrogen peroxide involved in the separation process were studied by UV/Vis/NIR absorption spectroscopy.

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Authors: MORGENSTERN A ET AL, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Transuranium Elements, Karlsruhe (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: An article published in: Radiochimica Acta, 90, (2002), pp.81-85.
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