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May 16, 2019

Removing radioactive waste from water: 5 not-so-easy steps

Chemists at the University of Iowa, led by Tori Forbes, are using National Science Foundation funding to investigate how to remove radioactive substances from water. Forbes' team creates and tests various chemical compounds to find candidates that can isolate and capture radioactive elements, such as uranium, in nanotubes. A major goal of the research is to solve an enduring problem in the United States: how to safely use and dispose of nuclear waste.

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