Potentiometric titration in a low volume of solution for rapid assay of uranium: Application to quantitative electro-reduction of uranium(VI)

P. Sahoo, C. Mallika, F. Lawrence, R. Ananthanarayanan, N. Murali, U.K. Mudali

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Abstract

A simple, inexpensive PC based potentiometric titration technique for the assay of uranium using low volumes of sample aliquot (25-100 μL) along with all reagents (total volume of solution being less than 2.5 mL) is presented. The technique involves modification of the well known Davies and Gray Method recommended for assay of uranium(VI) in nuclear materials by introducing an innovative potentiometric titration device with a mini cell developed in-house. After appropriate chemical conditioning the titration is completed within a couple of minutes with display of online titration plot showing the progress of titration. The first derivative plot generated immediately after titration provides information of end point. The main advantage of using this technique is to carry out titration with minimum volumes of sample and reagents generating minimum volume of wastes after titration. The validity of the technique was evaluated using standard certified samples. This technique was applied for assay of uranium in a typical sample collected from fuel reprocessing laboratory. Further, the present technique was deployed in investigating the optimum conditions for efficient in situ production of U(IV). The precision in the estimation of uranium is highly satisfactory (RSD less than 1.0%). © 2011 Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1401-1409
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Volume291
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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