Extraction of lutetium(III) from aqueous solutions by employing a single fibre-supported liquid membrane
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Transport behaviour of Lu(III) across a polypropylene hollow fibre-supported liquid membrane containing di(2-ethylhexyl)phosphoric acid (DEHPA) in dihexyl ether as a carrier has been studied. The donor phase was LuCl(3) in the buffer solution consisting of 0.2 M sodium acetate at pH 2.5-5.0. A miniaturised system with a single hollow fibre has been operated in a batch mode. The concentration of Lu(III) was determined by indirect voltammetric method using Zn-EDTA complex. The effect of pH and volume of the donor phase, DEHPA concentration in the organic (liquid membrane) phase, the time of extraction and the content of the acceptor phase on the Lu(III) extraction and stripping behaviour was investigated. The results were discussed in terms of the pertraction and removal efficiency, the memory effect and the mean flux of Lu(III). The optimal conditions for the removal of (177)Lu(III) from labelled (177)Lu-radiopharmaceuticals were discussed and identified. The removal efficiency of Lu(II...I) greater than 99% was achieved at pH of the donor phase between 3.5 and 5.0 using DEHPA concentration in the organic phase of 0.47 M and the ratio of the donor to the acceptor phase of 182.
Keywords:Di(2-ethylhexyl)phosphoric acid / Lu(III) / Radiopharmaceutical / Supported liquid membrane extraction
Source:Journal of Separation Science, 2010, 33, 13, 2002-2009
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