Spectroelectrochemical studies of uranium and neptunium in LiCl-KCl eutectic melt

I. B. Polovov, C. A. Sharrad, I. May, B. D. Vasin, V. A. Volkovich, T. R. Griffiths

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    Experimental set up for spectroelectrochemical measurements was designed. Uranium(III) ions, UCl63-, are formed during anodic dissolution of metallic uranium and prolonged contact of U(IV)-containing melts with uranium metal. UCl4 dissolution in 3LiCl-2KCl melt leads to the formation of UCl62- ions. They undergo a two-step electrochemical reduction: U4+→U3+ recharge followed by U deposition. Neptunium(IV) chloride dissolves in 3LiC1-2KC1 melt producing NpCl62- ions. Electrochemical reduction of Np(TV) on a glassy carbon electrode results in the formation of NpCl6 3- ions and then leads to the deposition of neptunium metal. Electronic absorption spectra of uranium (III, IV, V and VI) and neptunium (III and IV) species in 3LiC1-2KCl eutectic were measured at 450°C. copyright The Electrochemical Society.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)503-511
    Number of pages8
    JournalECS Transactions
    Issue number35
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


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