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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 762819, 16 pages
Review Article

Application of Calixarenes as Macrocyclic Ligands for Uranium(VI): A Review

Centre for Radiochemistry and Nuclear Chemistry, Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology, Dorodna 16, 03-195 Warsaw, Poland

Received 22 June 2012; Revised 15 September 2012; Accepted 8 October 2012

Academic Editor: Satoru Tsushima

Copyright © 2013 Katarzyna Kiegiel et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Calixarenes represent a well-known family of macrocyclic molecules with broad range of potential applications in chemical, analytical, and engineering materials fields. This paper covers the use of calixarenes as complexing agents for uranium(VI). The high effectiveness of calix[6]arenes in comparison to other calixarenes in uranium(VI) separation process is also presented. Processes such as liquid-liquid extraction (LLE), liquid membrane (LM) separation, and ion exchange are considered as potential fields for application of calixarenes as useful agents for binding for effective separation from aqueous solutions containing other metal components.