Graphene Oxide Absorbs Radioactive Waste in Water

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Sat, Apr 18th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Researchers at Rice University and Lomonosov Moscow State University have discovered that Graphene Oxide, an easily-produced water-soluble compound, is capable of quickly binding to radionuclides and condense them into solids.

The discovery, Tour said, could be a boon in the cleanup of contaminated sites like the Fukushima nuclear plants damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. It could also cut the cost of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) for oil and gas recovery and help reboot American mining of rare earth metals, he said.

Graphene oxide’s large surface area defines its capacity to adsorb toxins, Kalmykov said. “So the high retention properties are not surprising to us,” he said. “What is astonishing is the very fast kinetics of sorption, which is key.”

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