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Online Determination of Boron Isotope Ratio in Boron Trifluoride by Infrared Spectroscopy

School of Chemical Engineering & Technology, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072, China
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Appl. Sci. 2018, 8(12), 2509; https://doi.org/10.3390/app8122509
Received: 17 September 2018 / Revised: 2 December 2018 / Accepted: 3 December 2018 / Published: 6 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Chemistry)
Enriched boron-10 and its related compounds have great application prospects, especially in the nuclear industry. The chemical exchange rectification method is one of the most important ways to separate the 10B and 11B isotope. However, a real-time monitoring method is needed because this separation process is difficult to characterize. Infrared spectroscopy was applied in the separation device to realize the online determination of the boron isotope ratio in boron trifluoride (BF3). The possibility of determining the isotope ratio via the 2ν3 band was explored. A correction factor was introduced to eliminate the difference between the ratio of peak areas and the true value of the boron isotope ratio. It was experimentally found that the influences of pressure and temperature could be ignored. The results showed that the infrared method has enough precision and stability for real-time, in situ determination of the boron isotope ratio. The instability point of the isotope ratio can be detected with the assistance of the online determination method and provides a reference for the production of boron isotope. View Full-Text
Keywords: isotope; boron; infrared spectroscopy; online determination isotope; boron; infrared spectroscopy; online determination
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Zhang, W.; Tang, Y.; Xu, J. Online Determination of Boron Isotope Ratio in Boron Trifluoride by Infrared Spectroscopy. Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 2509.

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