Part of the Topics in Mining, Metallurgy and Materials Engineering book series (TMMME)


The element uranium (U) was discovered by a German chemist Klaproth in 1789. Metallic uranium was first prepared by Peligot, who showed that the substance discovered by Klaproth was the oxide of uranium. Uranium is the basic (primary) nuclear fuel, since it contains the only naturally occurring fissionable material.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Technology and EngineeringThe Maharaja Sayajirao University of BarodaVadodaraIndia

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