Hydration Properties and Ionic Radii of Actinide(III) Ions in Aqueous Solution
journal contributionposted on 16.09.2013, 00:00 by Paola D’Angelo, Fausto Martelli, Riccardo Spezia, Adriano Filipponi, Melissa A. Denecke
Ionic radii of actinide(III) cations (from U(III) to Cf(III)) in aqueous solution have been derived for the first time starting from accurate experimental determination of the ion–water distances obtained by combining extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) results and molecular dynamics (MD) structural data. A strong analogy has been found between the lanthanide and actinide series concerning hydration properties. The existence of a contraction of the An–O distance along the series has been highlighted, while no decrease of the hydration number is evident up to Cf(III).