Potentiality of Alcoholic Purification of Abu-Zaabal Impure Phosphoric Acid for Selective Ion Exchange Recovery of Uranium

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Nasr Abdel Aziz Abdel Fattah

Abstract

A suggested procedure was studied for recovering of uranium selectively from the Abu Zaabal impure phosphoric acid assaying about 46% P2O5 and about 3% iron. This procedure involves the application of an alcoholic precipitation step for most impurities by using isopropyl alcohol and cationic resin where uranium was kept in the acid phase by a prior oxidation step. After distillation of alcohol for recycling, the uranium in the purified phosphoric acid was properly reduced to U+4 and recovered via the Chinese cation exchange resin namely; amino phosphonic (D4O4).  Displacing Fe+2 from the resin, washing the resin with aqueous ammonia, eluting the resin with carbonate – bicarbonate solution and precipitating uranium from the elute as UO3-2H2O.

Keywords:
Recovering Uranium, Abu Zaabal, alcoholic precipitation, amino phosphonic resin D4O4

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Abdel Aziz Abdel Fattah, N. (2016). Potentiality of Alcoholic Purification of Abu-Zaabal Impure Phosphoric Acid for Selective Ion Exchange Recovery of Uranium. International Research Journal of Pure and Applied Chemistry, 12(2), 1-9. https://doi.org/10.9734/IRJPAC/2016/27448
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