Ion Interaction Models and Measurements of Eu3+ Complexation: HEDTA in Aqueous Solutions at 25 °c Containing 1:1 Na+ Salts and Citrate pH Buffer

Simon L. Clegg, Peter R. Zalupski, Guy Dutech

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In the TALSPEAK liquid–liquid distribution process, dissolved lanthanides can be separated from actinides using a complexing agent such as N-(2-hydroxyethyl)ethylenediamine-N,N′,N′-triacetic acid (HEDTA, CAS Reg. No. 150-39-0) in a low pH buffered aqueous phase in contact with an organic phase containing a suitable extractant. This study focuses on the chemical speciation of HEDTA, citrate pH buffer, and Eu3+ in aqueous solutions of 1:1 Na+ salts (mainly NaNO3) as a function of ionic strength and pH. New measurements of stoichiometric protonation constants of HEDTA, and the HEDTA complex of Eu3+, in aqueous NaNO3 are reported for ionic strengths from 0.5 to 4.0 M at 25 °C. A Pitzer activity coefficient model of the aqueous mixture has been developed based upon these measurements, available osmotic and activity coefficient data, and stoichiometric equilibrium constants in different 1:1 electrolyte media over a range of ionic strengths. This enables the HEDTA and buffer speciation, and complexation of Eu3+ by both HEDTA and citrate, to be calculated for different solution compositions and pH values. The model of the citrate buffer, which is based on an extensive range of data for NaCl and NaNO3 media, should also be useful in other practical applications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2083-2096
Number of pages14
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Issue number7
Early online date9 Feb 2016
Publication statusPublished - 24 Feb 2016

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