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Protactinium generator

When using the protactinium generator you will also need a: 

  • Small polypropylene bottle (30 ml capacity)
  • Separating funnel or beaker 
  • Uranyl nitrate (or uranium oxide dissolved in nitric acid) 
  • Concentrated hydrochloric acid, 7 ml 
  • Iso-butyl methyl ketone, or amyl acetate 
  • Tray lined with absorbent paper

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