The purpose of this study was to determine the kinetics of the dissolution of a uranium residue in ammonium
The residue is generated in the production of medical isotopes. The effects of parameters, such as varying
peroxide and carbonate concentrations, dissolution time as well as temperature on the extraction rate have been
Results indicate complete dissolution of the residue at 60 oC, after thirty minutes, in ammonium carbonate
solution enriched with hydrogen peroxide. The yield and rate of uranium extraction were found to increase as a
function of both temperature, in the range of 25-60 oC, and hydrogen peroxide concentration.
The extraction process was governed by chemical reaction as the activation energy was found to be 45.5 kJ/mol.
The order of reaction with respect to uranium concentration was found to be approximately first order.