Nuclear forensic signatures and structural analysis of uranyl oxalate, its products of thermal decomposition and Fe impurity dopant

Nathan B. A. Thompson, Martin C. Stennett, Matthew R. Gilbert, Neil C. Hyatt
2021 Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry  
AbstractUranyl oxalate (UO2C2O4·xH2O) may exist at the back-end of the nuclear fuel cycle (NFC) as an intermediate in spent fuel reprocessing. The conditions used in aqueous reprocessing and thermal treatment can affect the physical and chemical properties of the material. Furthermore, trace impurities, such as Fe, may incorporate into the structure of these materials. In nuclear forensics, understanding relationships between processing variables aids in determination of provenance and
more » ... enance and processing history. In this study, the thermal decomposition of UO2C2O4·3H2O and phase analysis of its thermal products are examined. Their morphologies are discussed with respect to a matrix of solution processing conditions.
doi:10.1007/s10967-020-07538-2 fatcat:azvub5nwvndf7licv2stczu6w4