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The separation of extractants implemented in the DIAMEX-SANEX process


DIAMEX-SANEX is a process developed at the CEA to recover selectively the actinides(III) after a COEX$^{TM}$ or a PUREX process, in order to significantly decrease the radiotoxicity of the ultimate waste produced by the nuclear industry. This liquid-liquid extraction process is based on the DIAMEX process, using a malonamide supplemented by an acidic extractant. Besides an actinide extraction step and a lanthanide stripping step are implemented an actinide(III) stripping step and an extractant splitting step. The latter is carried out to avoid interactions between these two extractants during the first co-extraction step of the actinides and the lanthanides. This paper gives some results obtained with din -hexyl phosphoric acid (HDHP), which fulfils the required criteria for process development. Batch experiments or cold counter-current tests showed that it is possible to separate this extractant from DMDOHEMA. HDHP can moreover maintain the lanthanides(III) in the organic phase when the actinides(III) are back extracted from the organic phase..
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cea-03541270 , version 1 (24-01-2022)


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Xavier Hérès, P Baron, C Hill, E Ameil, I Martinez, et al.. The separation of extractants implemented in the DIAMEX-SANEX process. Atalante 2008 - Nuclear fuel cycle for a sustainable future, May 2008, Montpellier, France. ⟨cea-03541270⟩


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