Most people are familiar with uranium as a fuel for nuclear power plants. And while that’s the most common application, this element is also used in many other fields, such as dyes, medical devices, and weapons. Scientists at EPFL’s Environmental Microbiology Laboratory (EML) have recently made an important discovery about uranium that could have major implications for soil and groundwater remediation as well as radioactive waste management. Their research has just been published in Nature Communications. The EML scientists studied the properties of uranium as it occurs naturally in the environment, and made significant breakthroughs in understanding how it goes from one oxidation state to the other, transitioning from a water-soluble compound to a stable mineral.
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