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Phase Behavior and Reverse Micelle Formation in Supercritical CO2 With DTAB and F-Pentanol for Decontamination of Radioactive Wastes

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Kensuke Kurahashi, Osamu Tomioka, Yoshihiro Meguro

Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai, Ibaraki, Japan

Paper No. ICEM2010-40257, pp. 217-220; 4 pages
  • ASME 2010 13th International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management
  • ASME 2010 13th International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management, Volume 1
  • Tsukuba, Japan, October 3–7, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division and Environmental Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5452-5 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3888-4
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


To develop a metal separation method using supercritical CO2 (scCO2 ) solvent for the decontamination process of radioactive wastes, the reverse micelle formation in scCO2 was investigated. Dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide (DTAB) as a surfactant to form the reverse micelles and 2,2,3,3,4,4,5,5-octafluoro-1-pentanol (F-pentanol) as a modifier to increase the solubility of DTAB into scCO2 were used. The reverse micelles could be formed by using 0.02 mol/dm3 DTAB and 0.45 mol/dm3 F-pentanol. A water concentration dissolved in scCO2 was increased with an increase of pressure, and 0.42 mol/dm3 water, which was 3 times larger than that in the neat CO2 , could be dissolved in scCO2 at 38 MPa. Moreover, 0.1 mol/dm3 HNO3 could dissolve at the same pressure as water. On the other hand, it was found that the solubility of water at outside of reverse micelles increased with F-pentanol. The ratio of water and F-pentanol affected the phase behavior of water in scCO2 .

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