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Researchers Study Radioactive Material Behavior—Without the Radioactivity

Novel particle inquiry and outcomes are featured on cover of prominent journal

April 2019

A novel experiment applied ion irradiation and heat to a five-metal-doped cerium oxide sample to observe particle precipitation. The effort adds new knowledge to the understanding of nuclear fuel behavior.

Plutonium Experiment Opens New Research Possibilities

PNNL researchers identify and use a safe approach to access unique instrumentation in a non-radiological facility

January 2019

Researchers used novel methods to safely create and analyze plutonium samples. The approaches could prove influential in future studies of the radioactive material, improving fundamental knowledge and perhaps benefitting research in legacy waste, national security and nuclear fuels.

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