Nuclear fuel cycle

Miniaturizing nuclear recycling experimentsOctober 19, 2011

Designing better ways to recycle spent nuclear fuel could make nuclear energy a safer solution to the global energy problem, but there are a lot of gaps in our chemical knowledge—and it's difficult to get those answers when the experiments involve radioactive material. Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory have one answer: Shrink the whole experiment down—to microliters.

New material traps radioactive ions using "Venus flytrap" methodFebruary 25, 2010

Mercouri Kanatzidis, a scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, and Nan Ding, a chemist at Northwestern University, have crafted a sulfide framework that can trap radioactive cesium ions. This mechanism has the potential to help speed clean-up at power plants and contaminated sites.

New Idaho National Lab collaboration tackles nuclear fuel recycling scienceSeptember 25, 2009

A new research project at Idaho National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory will use an innovative approach to learn how to get more use from nuclear fuel.

Advanced Nuclear Fuel Cycle Research and DevelopmentJuly 17, 2009

Statement of Mark T. Peters, Argonne National Laboratory before the Committee on Science and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives, June 17, 2009.

Compound removes radioactive material from power plant wasteMarch 13, 2008

Scientists at Argonne and Northwestern University have developed a compound that captures strontium 90, a common radioactive by-product of fission in nuclear power plants, so it can be siphoned off and separated from inert material.