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Direct nano ESI time-of-flight mass spectrometric investigations on lanthanide BTP complexes in the extraction-relevant diluent 1-octanol

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Abstract

The present work focuses on investigations of a highly selective ligand for Am(III)/Ln(III) separation: bis-triazinyl-pyridine (BTP). By means of nano-electrospray mass spectrometry, complex formation of BTP with selected elements of the lanthanide series is investigated. We show that the diluent drastically influences complex speciation. Measurements obtained in the extraction-relevant diluent 1-octanol show the occurrence of Ln(BTP)i (i = 1–3) species in different relative abundances, depending on the lanthanide used. Here, the relative abundances of the Ln(BTP)3 complexes correlate with the distribution ratios for extraction to the organic phase of the respective lanthanide.

Graphical abstract: Direct nano ESI time-of-flight mass spectrometric investigations on lanthanide BTP complexes in the extraction-relevant diluent 1-octanol

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The article was received on 28 Jul 2009, accepted on 31 Aug 2009 and first published on 25 Sep 2009


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B9NJ00371A
New J. Chem., 2009,33, 2437-2442

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    Direct nano ESI time-of-flight mass spectrometric investigations on lanthanide BTP complexes in the extraction-relevant diluent 1-octanol

    M. Steppert, C. Walther, A. Geist and T. Fanghänel, New J. Chem., 2009, 33, 2437
    DOI: 10.1039/B9NJ00371A

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