Radiochemistry Lab Lead Michael Shaltry (208) 533-7606 (MFC), (208) 533-8140 (CAES)

Research Example: Simulated Electrochemical Treatment of Used Nuclear Fuel

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Electrochemical Treatment converts used nuclear fuel into usable uranium metal and manageable waste forms.

Benefits: This research with non-hazardous surrogates leads the way to more efficient, economical and secure nuclear energy.

 

Research Example: Pyroprocessing

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One of the technologies that researchers are working on in the Radiochemistry Lab is pyroprocessing, a process in which materials are subjected to high temperatures (typically over 800 °C) in order to bring about a chemical or physical change. This process was first developed at Idaho National Laboratory (Experimental Breeder Reactor II).

During pyroprocessing a process called electrorefining accumulates the rare earth metals and other fission products in a molten salt electrolyte. When separated, the half-life has been decreased and the rare earth metals can be reused. This process can make the nuclear fuel more efficient, economical, and secure by substantially reducing the volume and temperature of spent fuels coming out of nuclear power plants.

Equipment

M Braun Non-Radiological Gloveboxes plumbed with argon gas

M Braun Radiological Glovebox plumbed with argon gas

Rad capable – Thermo Scientific ICap Q, inductively coupled mass spectrometer (ICP MS)

Rad capable - Thermo Scientific ICap Q, inductively coupled mass spectrometer (ICP MS)

Oxygon Industries, High Temperature vertical crystal growth tube furnace

Oxygon Industries, High Temperature vertical crystal growth tube furnace

Radiological fume hood (6 foot) in dedicated radiological room

Radiological fume hood (6 foot) in dedicated radiological room

Across International 1800 degree centigrade box furnace

Across International 1800 degree centigrade box furnace, Model GCF1600

6 foot non-rad, acid capable fume hood

6 foot non-rad, acid capable fume hood

6 foot non-rad, non-corrosive chemical hood

6 foot non-rad, non-corrosive chemical hood

6 foot non-rad, non-corrosive chemical hood with Trans Temp furnace, transparent tube furnace.

6 foot non-rad, non-corrosive chemical hood with Trans Temp furnace, transparent tube furnace.

Radioactive Materials Storage Safe

Radioactive Materials Storage Safe

MBRAUN Single Side, 4 glove radiological glove box

MBRAUN Single Side, 4 glove radiological glove box

• MBRAUN Single Side, 4 glove radiological glove box – negative pressure, argon atmosphere, Princeton Applied Research Potentiostat VERSASTAT 4; Kerr Lab Auto Electro Melt Maxi molten salt furnace (exhausts to facility HEPA’d HVAC)

MBRAUN Single Side, 3 glove non-rad glove box

MBRAUN Single Side, 3 glove non-rad glove box – positive argon atmosphere glove box, Princeton Applied Research Potentiostat VERSASTAT 4; Kerr Lab Auto Electro Melt Maxi molten salt furnace

MBRAUN Single Side, 3 glove non-rad glove box – positive argon atmosphere glove box, Princeton Applied Research Potentiostat VERSASTAT 4; Kerr Lab Auto Electro Melt Maxi molten salt furnace

MBRAUN Single Side, 4 glove non-rad glove box

MBRAUN Single Side, 4 glove non-rad glove box, box – positive argon atmosphere glove box for sample preparation.

Resources

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