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[*] posted on 22-11-2015 at 05:55
Acquiring Uranium/Uranium compounds


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I am looking to acquire smaller amounts of some uranium compounds, preferably uranylnitrate. Uranium metal could also be a viable option.
I know that a good way to acquite such, would be through United Nuclear, Ebay or chemical suppliers for that matter.
Problem is that as a European, I can't seem to find anyone who are willing to ship such compounds within Europe, and especially not to individuals.

Does anyone happen to have a useable source for Uranium or its compounds?
Websites would be especially useful, but if any individuals would be willing to sell me some from their own collection, that would be helpful as well.

Thanks.
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[*] posted on 22-11-2015 at 07:10


Quote: Originally posted by KristofferVN  
Hi!

I am looking to acquire smaller amounts of some uranium compounds, preferably uranylnitrate. Uranium metal could also be a viable option.
I know that a good way to acquite such, would be through United Nuclear, Ebay or chemical suppliers for that matter.
Problem is that as a European, I can't seem to find anyone who are willing to ship such compounds within Europe, and especially not to individuals.

Does anyone happen to have a useable source for Uranium or its compounds?
Websites would be especially useful, but if any individuals would be willing to sell me some from their own collection, that would be helpful as well.

Thanks.


Are you willing to undertake extracting them from uranium ore? Shannon & Sons is a German based outfit offering high grade Hartenstein pitchblende for about $140 a kilo. I looked into acquiring some, but having it shipped to the U.S. from Germany was a problem.

This website discusses how to uranium ore processing:
https://carlwillis.wordpress.com/2008/02/20/uranium-chemistr...

Alternatively you could arrange with a US member here to do the purchase and forward it to you - say, the UN uranium metal, from which many compounds could be prepared.

If you wish to discuss this U2U me.
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https://carlwillis.wordpress.com/2008/02/20/uranium-chemistr...

"The connection to the server was reset while the page was loading"

I have tried that link for weeks always getting the same message. In fact lately I get it on an overwhelming number of links searching Google for various unrelated technical topics. Far more often than what I would call normal, so much so I have to wonder if some kind of massive blocking is being caused by I have no idea who. Even get it searching for such mundane topics as Pic DDS projects. Can you if you have no problem going there copy this info and post it here. Waited for years for United Nuclear to ever finish their pages on the subject, where they promised to do pages on solvent extraction yet never did.




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[*] posted on 18-12-2015 at 20:08


No problems accessing the link from here. Attached is a pdf copy of the website for those who can't access it directly. The pictures refused to copy over nicely with the text, so they are in the accompanying zipped folder.

Attachment: Uranium Chemistry.pdf (297kB)
This file has been downloaded 879 times


Attachment: Uranium Compounds.zip (5.2MB)
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[*] posted on 18-12-2015 at 22:39


Thanks. Just tried it again same as always. I do not know if it is my ISP blocking or what but I get this at many locations. Far too often to be coincidence.




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[*] posted on 22-2-2016 at 10:03


Quote: Originally posted by KristofferVN  
Hi!

I am looking to acquire smaller amounts of some uranium compounds, preferably uranylnitrate. Uranium metal could also be a viable option.
I know that a good way to acquite such, would be through United Nuclear, Ebay or chemical suppliers for that matter.
Problem is that as a European, I can't seem to find anyone who are willing to ship such compounds within Europe, and especially not to individuals.

Does anyone happen to have a useable source for Uranium or its compounds?
Websites would be especially useful, but if any individuals would be willing to sell me some from their own collection, that would be helpful as well.

Thanks.


http://www.ebay.ca/itm/331772776256?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l...

This guy is selling Uranyl acetate at 33 euros/20 grams. This might be what you need as the acetate can easily be converted to the nitrate with a little acid.
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[*] posted on 22-2-2016 at 14:38


Theres a member here, Mario, that sells Uranyl compounds (among many other things) from Europe. If you cant find his thread, Ill U2U you his email.
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[*] posted on 17-3-2016 at 07:49


It may not be the most efficient starting material, but I've isolated uranium from dinosaur bone, as a byproduct of my ongoing attempt to get the radium. The bone I'm using is 0.1-0.3% U, but I have a lot of it, and it's exempt from most regulations.
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[*] posted on 17-3-2016 at 08:12


Thats a pretty nice accomplishment, Joe Skulan. I would not mind hearing more on how you did it and what the actual yield was.
Are dinosaur bones specifically different in this respect than other bones? And if so, am I correct to assume that this is related to the fossilation process rather than due to a high level of incorporation of uranium in the bone during life of the animal?

Another source may be bentonite kitty litter. It supposedly contains enough uranium to set off radiation alarms when transported in large quantities and it is cheap. But good luck extracting and concentrating it, especially since the bentonite itself probably also has a non-negligable affinity for it.


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There's nothing special about dinosaur bone, except that the bones are large and spongy and that helps them trap U (and Th). Apart from that it depends on the composition of the groundwater around the bones, not the particular kind of bone.

It all happens post-depositionally (I don't like the term "fossilize" because it implies that there is some process necessary for a thing to become a fossil, beyond just getting old. It gets causation backward: a thing becomes a fossil if it is not destroyed, and no particular "process" is required for something not to be destroyed. Most fossil bone (and wood) is just the original material impregnated with minerals). There seem to be two main mechanisms: 1. Direct precipitation of U minerals from groundwater in bone cavities, and 2. Sorption onto surface of hydroxyapatite nanocrystals. Both processes may be helped by the reducing environment created around a slowly decomposing carcass. Sorption probably accounts for most of the U in bone. Underground dams of ground fish bone are used to trap actinides in groundwater in this way. The bone I'm using is from the ilium of a Triceratops from the Hell Creek Fm. Radioactive bone is fairly rare in that formation, but this appears to have been deposited near a major river draining the proto-Rockes to the west, which would have supplied U and Th from weathered granite.

Starting with 1000 grams of bone, I got about 2.1 grams of U, in a mix of transition metal oxides.

As I said, my goal is to isolate the radium (based on a strong gamma signal from 214Bi, which is near the end of the decay chain, the 238U in the bone seems to be at least close to equilibrium with its daughter nuclides). I probably will post something on that, as I need some help with it.

The pic is of coffinite (a U silicate- light gray) with embedded pyrite crystals (dark gray) in a Haversian canal in a dinosaur bone.

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[*] posted on 17-3-2016 at 08:58


Quote: Originally posted by phlogiston  


Another source may be bentonite kitty litter. It supposedly contains enough uranium to set off radiation alarms when transported in large quantities and it is cheap. But good luck extracting and concentrating it, especially since the bentonite itself probably also has a non-negligable affinity for it.




Yes. Also kaolin, acc. this source:

http://health.phys.iit.edu/extended_archive/9511/msg00461.ht...

Years ago I had a chance of buying 25 g of Uraninite concentrate from eBay but not being a radiochemist I was afraid to radio contaminate my lab in the process of extracting a pure uranium compound from it. So I didn't buy it. Still have some lingering regrets about that...




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[*] posted on 17-3-2016 at 09:07


Quote: Originally posted by Joe Skulan  


The pic is of coffinite (a U silicate- light gray) with embedded pyrite crystals (dark gray) in a Haversian canal in a dinosaur bone.



Impressive. How do you know which is which?




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[*] posted on 17-3-2016 at 09:14


By XRD. But in that image the lighter the color the greater the density, and that alone tells you that whatever is surrounding the pyrite has a much higher density than iron, which usually is the densest thing you encounter.
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