Research

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The nuclear group at UCI examines the solvent extraction of metal ions with a focus on the separations for spent nuclear fuel. Research covers a breadth of topics ranging from

  • synergistic solvent blends
  • radiolysis of process solvents
  • impact of common solvent degradation products
  • online process modeling
  • high specific activity isotope production
  • rare earth element purification
  • thermodynamic data for individual components

Investigation techniques include neutron activation analysis, gamma spectroscopy, alpha spectroscopy gas chromatography, mass spectroscopy, HPLC, vapor pressure osmometry, tensiometry, UV vis, et… .