cleaning nuclear waste

New Material Goes all ‘Venus Fly Trap’ on Nuclear Waste

March 1, 2010 / No Comments

Nuclear waste is tough to handle, and can take thousands of years to decay before it becomes safe again. The waste contains non-toxic sodium ions and highly radioactive cesium isotopes. Removing these harmful isotopes has been difficult as most materials cannot "differentiate" between the radioactive ions and the non-toxic ones. Scientists Mercouri Kanatzidis and Nan Ding from US Department of ...