Will we soon be able to recycle radioactive fuel?
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Florida State Professor Thomas Albrecht-Schmitt calls “californium,” or Cf on the Periodic Table of Elements, “wicked stuff” because of its incredible ability to bond and separate other materials along with its resistance to radiation damage.
Albrecht-Schmitt’s research could lead to new types of storage containers for radioactive waste and separate radioactive fuel — meaning fuel could be recycled.
“It’s almost like snake oil,” Albrecht-Schmitt, who led a team of researchers that made the discovery, told Phys.org. “It sounds almost too good to be true.”