Evolution of the Uranium Chemical State in Mixed-Valence Oxides

Gregory Leinders*, René Bes, Janne Pakarinen, Kristina Kvashnina, Marc Verwerft

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A fundamental question concerning the chemical state of uranium in the binary oxides UO2, U4O9, U3O7, U3O8, and UO3 is addressed. By utilizing high energy resolution fluorescence detection X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy (HERFD-XANES) at the uranium M4 edge, a novel technique in the tender X-ray region, we obtain the distribution of formal oxidation states in the mixed-valence oxides U4O9, U3O7, and U3O8. Moreover, we clearly identify a pivot from U(IV)-U(V) to U(V)-U(VI) charge compensation, corresponding with transition from a fluorite-type structure (U3O7) to a layered structure (U3O8). Such physicochemical properties are of interest to a broad audience of researchers and engineers active in domains ranging from fundamental physics to nuclear industry and environmental science.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6784-6787
Number of pages4
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jun 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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    Leinders, G., Bes, R., Pakarinen, J., Kvashnina, K., & Verwerft, M. (2017). Evolution of the Uranium Chemical State in Mixed-Valence Oxides. Inorganic Chemistry, 56(12), 6784-6787. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b01001