Scientists gain insight into recycling processes for nuclear and electronic waste

Srikanth, Kaitlin, and Ahmet’s recent publications on rare earth separations have been highlighted in an Argonne press release.

Choosing nitrate or thiocyanate as the background molecule completely reverses the selectivity trends in liquid-liquid extraction. (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)

The Hawaii and Alaska of chemistry, lanthanides and actinides are the elements that are always shown separately from the main block on the periodic table. Although they are split up from the more mainstream elements, they are important metals for applications such as nuclear power and magnets used in wind turbines and electric cars. Read more…

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