Fishing out' radioactive elements from nuclear waste
Source: DNA, Date: , 2017
DNA, Mar, 2017 : According to a recent study arsenic molecules might be used to fish out the
most toxic elements from radioactive nuclear waste - a breakthrough that could
make the decommissioning industry even safer and more effective. The University
of Manchester?s Elizabeth Wildman reported the first examples of thorium with
multiple bonds to arsenic to exist under ambient conditions on multi-gram
scales where before they had only been prepared on very small scales at
temperatures approaching that of interstellar space (3-10 Kelvin).
"Nuclear power could potentially produce far less carbon dioxide than
fossil fuels, but the long-lived waste it produces is radioactive and needs to
be handled appropriately," said Wildman.