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Plutonium speciation in aqueous solution studied by Pu L₃ and M₅ edge high-energy resolution XANES

Pidchenko, I.; Fellhauer, D.; Prüßmann, T. ORCID iD icon; Dardenne, K. ORCID iD icon; Rothe, J. ORCID iD icon; Bohnert, E.; Schimmelpfennig, B.; Vitova, T. ORCID iD icon


In this work four electrochemically aqueous plutonium (Pu) species prepared in perchloric acid solution at different oxidation states (III, IV, V, VI) as well as Pu(IV) colloids are characterized for the first time by Pu L₃ and M₅ edge high energy resolution X-ray absorption near-edge structure spectroscopy (HR-XANES). A Johann type five-analyzer crystal spectrometer recently installed and commissioned at the INE-Beamline for actinide research at the ANKA synchrotron radiation facility, Karlsruhe, Germany was applied. Different to conventional XANES several spectral features could be identified. The most intense absorption resonances (White Line, WL) have higher intensities for all Pu L₃ HR-XANES spectra compared to the conventional XANES. Additionally, the Pu(V) and Pu(VI) L₃ HR-XANES spectra exhibit better resolved post-edge features. The energy distance between the WL and this resonance is sensitive to the bond distance between the Pu and axial O atoms in Pu(V) and Pu(VI). Extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) investigation is performed to correlate oxidation states with average Pu-O bonding distances. For the Pu(VI) M₅ edge HR-XANES two additional features at higher energy is well resolved, which are expected to be sensitive to changes in Pu-O bond length and to the level of hybridization of metal and axial oxygen valence orbitals. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/220103885
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Publikationsjahr 2015
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator urn:nbn:de:swb:90-AAA2201038855
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