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Non-aqueous neptunium and plutonium redox behaviour in THF – access to a rare Np(III) synthetic precursor

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Abstract

Solvent exchange of NpCl4(DME)2 with THF proceeds simply to yield NpCl4(THF)3, whereas PuCl4(DME)2 is unstable in THF, partially decomposing to the mixed valent [PuIIICl2(THF)5][PuIVCl5(THF)] salt. Reduction of NpCl4(THF)3 with CsC8 ultimately afforded NpCl3(py)4, the only example of a structurally characterized solvated Np(III) halide. The method demonstrates a route to a well-defined Np(III) starting material without the need to employ scarcely available Np metal.

Graphical abstract: Non-aqueous neptunium and plutonium redox behaviour in THF – access to a rare Np(iii) synthetic precursor

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The article was received on 31 Mar 2018, accepted on 30 Apr 2018 and first published on 08 May 2018


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC02611D
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Chem. Commun., 2018,54, 6113-6116

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    Non-aqueous neptunium and plutonium redox behaviour in THF – access to a rare Np(III) synthetic precursor

    S. A. Pattenaude, N. H. Anderson, S. C. Bart, A. J. Gaunt and B. L. Scott, Chem. Commun., 2018, 54, 6113
    DOI: 10.1039/C8CC02611D

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