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Electrorefining

Argonne has developed a revolutionary process that in one step converts spent commercial nuclear fuel, which is a ceramic oxide, into metal. The product can then be treated with Argonne's electrorefining technology to recover the uranium and transuranic elements for recycling into new fuel. Argonne chemist Laurel Barnes prepares for a test of the metal-oxide conversion process in a glove box. Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.

 

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Taken on August 9, 2002