A Novel Extraction Chromatography Resin for Trivalent Actinides Using 2,6-bis(5,6-diisobutyl-1,2,4-triazine-3-yl)pyridine

Christopher Klug, Ralf Sudowe

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Radiochemical analyses for environmental monitoring or nuclear forensics and safeguards require highly specific and efficient separations of actinides from a variety of sample matrices. Extraction chromatography resins currently employed can exhibit less than ideal performance in separating trivalent actinides from trivalent lanthanides. In attempting to correct at least some of the performance issues, 2,6-di(5,6-diisobutyl-1,2,4-triazin-3-yl)pyridine (isobutyl-BTP) has been coated onto Amberchrom CG-71 resin. The resulting resin has been characterized for actinide-lanthanide separations using americium(III), curium(III), plutonium(IV), and europium(III). This isobutyl-BTP resin has been shown to extract trivalent actinides with k' values ranging from 4000 to 8000 while only minimally extracting europium(III). Actinides can be easily stripped with dilute HCl, and the resin has been shown to be stable to hydrolysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2567-2575
Number of pages9
JournalSeparation Science and Technology (Philadelphia)
Issue number17
StatePublished - Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • actinide separations
  • americium
  • europium
  • extraction chromatography
  • isobutyl-BTP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Filtration and Separation


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