Apr 18 – 23, 2010
Casino Conference Centre
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A TRLFS study of europium speciation with glycolic acid

Apr 22, 2010, 12:00 PM
1h 30m
Gallery (Casino Conference Centre)


Casino Conference Centre

Reitenbergerova 4/95, Marianske Lazne, Czech Republic
Board: SEP.P05
Poster Separation Methods, Speciation Poster Session - Separation Methods, Speciation


Mr Jan Krmela (KJCH FJFI CVUT)


Europium is often used as a model of the fission products from the lanthanides and minor actinides group. Glycolic acid is used in modern decontamination solutions and has been also proposed as a complexing agent in the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel. The aim of this study was to carry out a more detailed study of europium complexation with glycolic acid using Time-Resolved Laser-Induced Fluorescence Spectroscopy (TRLFS), including determination of the stability constants of europium complexes with glycolic acid, and to compare the results with published data 1. Furthermore, this work should also clarify the impact of sample preparation in air and under N2 atmosphere, i.e. the role of hydroxo- and carbonato- complexes at pH > 7. Because Eu complexes with glycolic acid show good fluorescent properties, the TRLFS method was chosen for their study. The studied parameters included the influence of the concentration of CO32- on the formation of europium carbonato- complexes, effect of pH on the formation of hydroxo- complexes of europium (solutions prepared under N2 atmosphere), and europium complexation in solutions with glycolic acid (comparison of the samples prepared on air and under N2 atmosphere). The fluorescence spectra of individual samples and the time of fluorescence of prepared complexes were recorded. The results obtained were compared with those published by Stumpf et al. 1. Based on the comparison of the results obtained for samples prepared on air and under N2 atmosphere, it can be concluded that the transfer of atmospheric CO2 is negligible even at relatively high pH value and that the influence of carbonate complexes in europium-glycolic acid systems is negligible. The TRLFS method was further supplemented with the extraction method, which can be also used for determining the stability constants of complexes of europium with glycolic acid. In the following step, stability constants of prepared complexes will be obtained from measured data using factor analysis. This work was supported by grant MSM 6840770020. Reference: 1. Stumpf T., Franghänel T., Grenthe I.: J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans. 2002, 3799.

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Mr Jan Krmela (KJCH FJFI CVUT)

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