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Description: This image shows INL's scientist Catherine Riddle at Fission Product Extraction Process (FPEX) experiment. FPEX is a key process that simultaneously and synergistically extracts cesium and strontium from spent nuclear fuel. Using an environmentally-friendly and commercially-available solvent, scientists now can remove these two valuable elements for reuse. Strontium isotopes are widely used in medical research and thermal energy applications for daily and emergent power in remote areas. Cesium may prove very valuable in radiation processing of natural and synthetic materials, creating agricultural soil conditioners and fertilizers, as well as disinfecting water and food. Not only are the two elements recyclable with this process, but the solvent also is reusable.
Keywords: radiochemical separation • fission • caesium • strontium • isotopes • solvent • fuel • reactor • waste • recycling • storage • environment • image
Categories: Applications > Energy > Nuclear energy
Other topics > Sustainability
Other topics > Environment
Created by: Idaho National Laboratory
Contributions: Catherine L. Riddle, Idaho National Laboratory
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Date created: 04 August 2005
Date added: 13 April 2011
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Resource ID: 3632