Scientists at the Edinburgh University have recently discovered a uranium molecule, which they claim could be a breakthrough development for optimizing the cleanup process for nuclear waste. Radioactive molecules are the key component in the removal of nuclear waste and these uranium molecules too are said to possess properties similar to them. Read after the break to find out more.
According to research, the compound is robust and can play an important role in forming clusters of radioactive material. Generally, these are difficult to separate during the process of clean up. But, if the treatment process improves, it will help the nuclear industry will progress towards cleaner power generation. This way, we will be able to recover all radioactive material from the spent fuel and reuse it again, safely.
The Edinburgh research team collaborated with scientists from US and Canada for further studying the structure of the compound. They made a uranium compound to react with nitrogen and carbon based material. And, after all intensive mathematical analyzes came to the conclusion that the molecule is distinctly structured in the shape of a butterfly.
EPSCR funded the study and it is bound to be the foundation for many more similar researches that will further develop this concept. The discovery of a stable form of uranium is bound to optimize the recycling value of radioactive material.