Materials Handling and Actinide Chemistry
We conduct fundamental research in actinide chemistry, as well as develop new chemical processes for application in manufacturing and nuclear fuel cycles. We also study the coordination chemistry of lanthanides and other important fission products. (inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and radiochemistry).
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Understanding actinide bonding.
Research using K-edge X-ray absorption spectra into metal–carbon orbital mixing has shed new light on the extent of covalent bonding for actinides.
New techniques for handling radioactive material:
Apparatus for collecting hazardous material from containment vessels.
Ionic liquids for the nuclear fuel cycle.
Ionic liquids (ILs) are low-melting salts that have been proposed as electrolyte solutions for the electrodeposition of actinides during the reprocessing of used nuclear fuel. Work in IIAC created a room temperature IL that was used to control the formation of solid-state uranium compounds