Appropriately functionalized dendrimers are exotic ligands and are expected to give rise to better extraction/transport results than the corresponding monofunctional ones. Diglycolamide- (DGA) based dendrimers and their transport studies are rarely reported. Transport of Am(III) and Eu(III) was studied across a PTFE- (polytetrafluoroethylene) based flat sheet supported liquid membrane containing a tris(2-aminoethyl)amine (TREN) dendrimer ligand containing six DGA pendent arms (termed as TREN-G1-DGA) in 5% isodecanol modified n-dodecane. The transport results were compared with those of the monofunctional ligand TODGA (N,N,N′,N′-tetra-n-octyl diglycolamide). In case of a 5.75 × 10-4 M TREN-G1-DGA solution, Am(III) transport was slower than that of Eu(III) under identical conditions. In case of TREN-G1-DGA the role of acid on the metal ion transport was less important than that while using TODGA as a carrier. However, a nitric acid medium is much more suitable for metal ion transport than a mixture containing sodium nitrate as the major component. Insight into the extraction and transport of the Eu(III) complexes was obtained from luminescence spectroscopic studies.
|Number of pages||9|
|Early online date||21 Mar 2022|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Apr 2022|