Separation of NCA 88Zr from proton irradiated natY target: a novel approach using low cost bio-sorbent potato peel charcoal
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Separation of no-carrier-added (NCA) 88Zr from natural yttrium target irradiated with proton beam has been studied using nature-resourced material, potato peel, which is a commonly available domestic waste. Here, an attempt has been undertaken to exploit natural resource as separating agent. Good separation of NCA 88Zr from bulk Yttrium target could be achieved at 0.01 M HCl concentration, when extraction was carried out using 20 mg potato peel charcoal—a natural bio-sorbent. 88Zr was extracted in the solid phase leaving behind bulk Y in the aqueous phase.
KeywordsNature resourced chemistry Potato peel charcoal SLX Yttrium Zirconium
Authors are grateful to Professor Susanta Lahiri for his guidance. SB and NN are thankful to Dr. Punarbasu Chaudhuri, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Calcutta. NN is also grateful to UGC for providing her necessary fellowship. Authors are thankful to Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC) for the beam-time. DAE-SINP 12 5 year plan project Trace, ULtratrace analysis and Isotope Production (TULIP) is also acknowledged.
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