Volume 89 Issue 39 | pp. 36-37
Issue Date: September 26, 2011

Analyzing Nuclear Processes

ACS Meeting News: Analytical chemists devise ways to watch radioactive streams
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE
Keywords: nuclear waste, nuclear fuel, analytical chemistry, vitrification, Raman, spectroscopy

Nuclear chemistry processes, from separating radionuclides to formulating fuels, treating waste, or remediating environmental contamination, all require analytical monitoring just like other industrial activities. But keeping tabs in real time on a complex, radioactive, and fluctuating process stream is not an easy task, especially with the need to minimize the exposure of people and equipment to radiation. At the American Chemical Society national meeting in Denver last month, researchers described different ways of tackling parts . . .

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