Hydrophilic 2,9-bis-triazolyl-1,10-phenanthroline ligands enable selective Am(III) separation: a step further towards sustainable nuclear energy

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  • External authors:
  • Alyn Edwards
  • Pavle Mocilac
  • Andreas Geist
  • Laurence M Harwood
  • Neil Burton
  • Roger Whitehead


The first hydrophilic, 1,10-phenanthroline derived ligands consisting of only C,H,O and N atoms for the selective extraction of Am(III) from spent nuclear fuel are reported herein. One of these 2,9-bis-triazolyl-1,10-phenanthroline (BTrzPhen) ligands combined with a non-selective extracting agent, was found to exhibit process-suitable selectivity for Am(III) over Eu(III) and Cm(III), providing a clear step forward.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5001-5004
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Early online date10 Apr 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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