Fluorination of niobium compounds with fluorine for fluoride volatility method

Daisuke Watanabe, Daisuke Akiyama, Nobuaki Sato

研究成果: Article査読

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Niobium is one of the fission products contained in spent nuclear fuel. Since niobium pentafluoride (NbF5) has high volatility, it is considered that niobium volatilizes with uranium hexafluoride when applying the fluoride volatility method, which is a promising pyro-reprocessing method. In this study, fluorination behavior characteristics of niobium compounds, such as reaction temperature, volatility, and reaction path, were investigated by thermogravimetric and differential thermal analyses and X-ray diffraction analysis. The target compounds were niobium metal, the niobium oxides NbO, Nb2O3, NbO2 and Nb2O5, and niobium oxyfluoride (NbO2F). All the niobium compounds reacted exothermically and were volatilized completely by the reaction with F2. It was considered that niobium volatilized as NbF5. The fluorination reactions started respectively at 180, 200, 300, and 300 °C for niobium metal, NbO, NbO2 and Nb2O5. In the fluorination of niobium oxides, the intermediate product NbO2F was also fluorinated above 300 °C and volatilized completely. Nb2O3, which seemed to be a mixture of NbO and NbO2, reacted with F2 as described by the summation of the fluorination reactions of NbO and NbO2. The reaction mechanism for the fluorination of niobium compounds obtained in this study is applicable to evaluation of the niobium transfer phenomena in the reprocessing process of the fluoride volatility method.

ジャーナルJournal of Fluorine Chemistry
出版ステータスPublished - 2018 12月

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 生化学
  • 環境化学
  • 物理化学および理論化学
  • 有機化学
  • 無機化学


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