First-principles prediction of universal relation between exchange current density and adsorption energy of rare-earth elements in a molten salt

Choah Kwon, Joonhee Kang, Seung Hyo Noh, Byungchan Han

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Using first-principles calculations we developed, for the first time, atomistic-level kinetics model to identify a key descriptor controlling electrochemical behaviors of various rare-earth ions solvated in molten salt electrolyte depositing on a solid electrode. We identified that the thermodynamic adsorption energies of rare-earth elements in the metallic electrode have a universal relation with exchange current densities. Our studies can be very useful guide to separate high-level radioactive nuclear materials and industrially valuable rare-earth materials, which can substantially relieve the environmental protection issues in nuclear waste disposal.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2018 Jan 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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