Ionic Liquids for the Nuclear Industry: A Radiochemical, Structural, and Electrochemical Investigation

G. M N Baston, A. E. Bradley, T. Gorman, I. Hamblett, C. Hardacre, J. E. Hatter, M. J F Healy, B. Hodgson, R. Lewin, K. V. Lovell, G. W A Newton, M. Nieuwenhuyzen, W. R. Pitner, D. W. Rooney, D. Sanders, K. R. Seddon, H. E. Simms, R. C. Thied

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    Abstract

    The applicability of ionic liquids within the nuclear industry has been investigated. The radiation stability of ionic liquids containing dialkylimidazolium cations has been tested through with alpha, beta and gamma irradiation. The results of these tests suggest that imidazolium salts have stabilities similar to alkylbenzenes and greater than tetrabutylphosphate / odorless kerosene (TBP/OK) mixtures. The oxidative dissolution of uranium dioxide and the anodic dissolution of uranium metal and plutonium metal have been carried out in various ionic liquid media.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)162-177
    Number of pages16
    JournalACS Symposium Series
    Volume818
    Publication statusPublished - 2002

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