Separation of thorium and uranium from silicate rock samples using two commercial extraction chromatographic resins

Tetsuya Yokoyama, Akio Makishima, Eizou Nakamura

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Abstract

A new chemical separation technique to isolate Th and U from silicate rocks was established by using two kinds of commercial extraction Chromatographic resins. In the first column procedure, with U/TEVA·spec resin, almost all elements except Th and U were eluted by 4 M HNO3. Th was then separated by using 5 M HC1, and U was finally isolated by successive addition of 0.1 M HNO3. A significant amount of Zr still remained in the Th fraction, which was then further purified in the second column stage using TEVA·spec resin. In the second procedure, Zr was eluted first by using 2 M HNO3, and then Th was collected by 0.1 M HNO3. Both the Th and U fractions obtained by these procedures were sufficiently pure for thermal ionization mass spectrometric (TIMS) analysis. Recovery yields of Th and U exceeded 90%, and total blanks were

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-141
Number of pages7
JournalAnalytical Chemistry
Volume71
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1999

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