Enriched 146Nd recovery from a 147Pm production process by applying ion imprinting technique

Abstract

A neodymium-imprinted polymeric sorbent was synthesized to recover the enriched 146Nd-target material from 147Pm production process. The studies indicated the neodymium (III) adsorption capacity of 1.5 mg g− 1. 146Nd-oxide was irradiated in Tehran Research Reactor to produce 147Pm. Then, the prepared Nd-selective sorbent was applied to recover the macro-gram amounts of 146Nd from a micro-gram amount of 147Pm. Regarding the high efficiency of leaching process (> 96%), the remaining natural Nd-ions trapped in polymer structure caused an acceptable slight down-blending of the target material. The sorbent with 146Nd was burned with a heat-gun to produce 146Nd2O3 for the next experiments.

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This work was supported through the grant provided by Nuclear Science and Technology Research Institute (NSTRI). Mr. Ali Yousefi’s assistances is gratefully acknowledged, as well.

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Shirvani-Arani, S., Hosseini, S.E., Ghannadi-Maragheh, M. et al. Enriched 146Nd recovery from a 147Pm production process by applying ion imprinting technique. J Radioanal Nucl Chem 327, 761–770 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10967-020-07560-4

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Keywords

  • Enriched 146Nd
  • Recovery
  • 147Pm
  • Ion imprinted polymer
  • Adsorption
  • Extraction