13-18 May 2018
Casino Conference Centre
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Thermodynamic and Structural study of uranyl phosphonate-based ligands as potential uranium decorporation agents

17 May 2018, 14:45
Red Hall (Casino Conference Centre)

Red Hall

Casino Conference Centre

Reitenbergerova 4/95, Mariánské Lázně, Czech Republic
Verbal Chemistry of Actinide and Trans-actinide Elements TAN 3


Mr Gaoyang YE (Université Paris-Sud)


Éric Simoni1, Jérome Roques1, Christophe Den Auwer2, Loïc J. Charbonnière3,Pier-Lorenzo Solari4
1Institut de Physique Nucléaire d’Orsay, CNRS-IN2P3, Université Paris-Sud, Université Paris-Saclay, Orsay, France
2Institut de Chimie de Nice, Université Côte d’Azur, CNRS, Nice, France
3IPHC, UMR 7178 CNRS/ Université de Strasbourg, Strasbourg , France
4MARS beamline, Synchrotron SOLEIL, Gif sur Yvette, France

ABSTRACT: Because of the widely use of uranium in fuel cycle, especially in the reprocessing process, the environmental and occupational exposure opportunities have increased. Although uranium has very limited radioactive dose impact, its chemical toxicity still need to consider, e.g. uranyl ion (UO22+, U(VI) could cause renal injury. The only way to remove or prevent the internally deposited uranium is by using decorporation agents to accelerate excretion. It is known that phosphonate group has a really strong affinity to complex U(VI). Two phosphonate-based ligands were synthesized and tested for its uranium-binding properties.

Fig.1 structure of bisphosphonate-based ligands
The two ligands could provide 5 coordination at equatorial planar, 3N & 2O, for the uranyl. L3 was designed only for uranyl with relatively high lipophilic property due to the 3 aromatic group, meanwhile L4 could donate 7 coordination totally, 3N & 4O,which should also has high affinity to chelate minor actinide. 1
Due to the hydrolysis of uranium, low pH is required to have a major free uranyl species in solution, thus pH 3 was chosen. Then for physicochemical study for blood serum, pH 7.4 was suggested.
Then ligand uranyl complex was preliminary studied with TRLFS. Due to formation of precipitation at pH 3 with NaClO4 or NaNO3 as ionic strength, although Cl- will quench the fluorescence of uranyl, NaCl was been used. For L3 at pH 3, the uranyl ligand complex has a strong fluorescence with a red shift about 7 nm, the time constant is 0.48 um. For L3 at pH 7.3, the uranyl ligand complex has no fluorescence no matter with NaCl or NaNO3 which suggests there is a configuration change. The same study was done with L4. At pH 3, the uranyl l4 complex fluorescence spectra have a red shift about 5 nm, the time constant is 0.83 um. At pH 7.3, the uranyl l4 complex fluorescence spectra have a red shift about 9 nm, the time constant is 25 um. Thus, the coordination mode for two pH shouldn’t be the same.
Then ATR-FTIP was been used to study the uranyl ligand complex at two pH. At pH 3, each phosphonic acid group has deprotonate one proton. At pH 7.4, there is no proton for the phosphonic acid group.

Fig.2 FT-IR spectra in absorption mode of free L4 and L4-U, pH = 3 &7.4. Normalization was performed on the band at 1600 cm−1 (not shown) and spectra were shifted in ordinates
Three type of phosphonate-based ligands /uranyl complexes mode under pH 3 and 7.4 had calculated with DFT. Then EXAFS was implement.

Fig.3 Minimum energy conformation obtained from DFT calculations (B3LYP) in aqueous solution for [UO2(H4L4)] at pH 3(left) & [UO2(H4L4)] at pH 7.4(right) system

Fig.4 U LIII edge k3 -weighted EXAFS spectra (left) and the corresponding Fourier transforms(right) of the ligand–U complexes formed. The experimental spectra are given in line and the fits are given in dash line.

Table 1. Structural parameters of the ligand–U complex formed at different conditions
samples path Ndeg sigma^2(× 10−3 Å2) RFIT
UO2-L3-PH3 U-Oyl 2 3.67 1.79508
U-Op 2 2.92 2.30471
U-Npyr 1 2.08 2.43804
U-Namine 2 9.93 2.95359
U-P 2 14.95 3.69177
UO2-L3-PH7.4 U-Oyl 2 3.03 1.79963
U-Op 2 7.42 2.32334
U-OOH 1 7.42 2.32334
U-Npyr 1 0.72 2.47119
U-Namine 2 14.81 2.97252
U-P 2 10.23 3.76969
UO2-L4-PH3 U-Oyl 2 3.87 1.80601
U-Op 2 4.04 2.31739
U-Npyr 1 2.92 2.49759
U-Namine 2 27.17 2.8262
U-P 2 19.48 3.68678
UO2-L4-PH7.4 U-Oyl 2 4.02 1.78448
U-Op 2 8.2 2.28005
U-Npyr 1 8.2 2.31105
U-OOH 1 4.85 2.93286
U-Namine 2 10.46 2.23852
U-P 2 9.14 3.56492

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Prof. Eric Simoni Mr Gaoyang YE (Université Paris-Sud)

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