Actinide Speciation in High Ionic Strength Media

Experimental and Modeling Approaches to Predicting Actinide Speciation and Migration in the Subsurface

  • Donald T. Reed
  • Sue B. Clark
  • Linfeng Rao

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Actinide Chemistry in High Ionic Strength Media: General Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Heino Nitsche, Robert J. Silva, Vinzenz Brendler, Gerhard Geipel, Tobias Reich, Yuri A. Teterin et al.
      Pages 11-38
  3. Actinide Complexation and Solubility

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Jiri Mizera, Andrew H. Bond, Gregory R. Choppin, Robert C. Moore
      Pages 113-124
    3. Linfeng Rao, Dhanpat Rai, Andrew R. Felmy, Craig F. Novak
      Pages 153-169
    4. M. Bronikowski, O. S. Pokrovsky, M. Borkowski, G. R. Choppin
      Pages 177-185
    5. Jian-Feng Chen, Gregory R. Choppin, Robert C. Moore
      Pages 187-197
    6. N. Labonne-Wall, G. R. Choppin, C. Lopez, J-M. Monsallier
      Pages 199-211
  4. Actinide Colloidal and Microbiological Interactions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. W. G. Yelton, Y. K. Behl, J. W. Kelly, M. Dunn, J. B. Gillow, A. J. Francis et al.
      Pages 239-251
    3. Betty A. Strietelmeier, Jeffrey B. Gillow, Cleveland J. Dodge, Maria E. Pansoy-Hjelvik, Suzanne M. Kitten, Patricia A. Leonard et al.
      Pages 261-268
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 269-271

About this book


The management and disposal of radioactive wastes are key international issues requiring a sound, fundamental scientific basis to insure public and environmental protection. Large quantities of existing nuclear waste must be treated to encapsulate the radioactivity in a form suitable for disposal. The treatment of this waste, due to its extreme diversity, presents tremendous engineering and scientific challenges. Geologic isolation of transuranic waste is the approach currently proposed by all nuclear countries for its final disposal. To be successful in this endeavor, it is necessary to understand the behavior of plutonium and the other actinides in relevant environmental media. Conceptual models for stored high level waste and waste repository systems present many sCientific difficulties due to their complexity and non-ideality. For example, much of the high level nuclear waste in the US is stored as alkaline concentrated electrolyte materials, where the chemistry of the actinides under such conditions is not well understood. This lack of understanding limits the successful separation and treatment of these wastes. Also, countries such as the US and Germany plan to dispose of actinide­ bearing wastes in geologic salt deposits. In this case, understanding the speciation and transport properties of actinides in brines is critical for confidence in repository performance and risk assessment activities. Many deep groundwaters underlying existing contaminated sites are also high in ionic strength. Until recently, the scientific basis for describing actinide chemistry in such systems was extremely limited.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Donald T. Reed
    • 1
  • Sue B. Clark
    • 2
  • Linfeng Rao
    • 3
  1. 1.Chemical Technology DivisionArgonne National LaboratoryArgonneUSA
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryWashington State UniversityPullmanUSA
  3. 3.Chemical Sciences DivisionLawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryBerkeleyUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-4666-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-8690-0
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