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Analytica chimica acta

Development of an integrated flow injection system for the electro-oxidative leaching of uranium from geological samples and its spectrophotometric determination with Arsenazo III.


PMID 18558128

Abstract

This work proposes a new procedure for on-line electro-oxidative leaching and spectrophotometric determination of uranium in ore samples. By associating a conventional flow injection system, used for uranium determination with Arsenazo III, with an on-line system for electro-oxidative leaching, a fully integrated system was assembled. The systems were integrated after achieving optimum conditions for uranium determination and leaching. According to the results obtained in the present work, a current density of 280 mA cm(-2) generated enough hypochlorite ions in the electrolyte solution (3.6 mol L(-1) HCl+2% (w/v) NaCl) to promote quantitative oxidation of U(IV) to U(VI) thus improving the extraction efficiency. The slurry density did not significantly affect the performance of the system and the increasing temperature resulted in a decrease in extraction efficiency. This methodology was applied in the determination of U(3)O(8) in four ore samples and the results obtained agreed with those obtained by ICP-MS after conventional wet acid digestion of the samples.

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