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Title: Desorption of Cesium from Clay Minerals.


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Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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Conference: Proposed for presentation at the ACS 2016 Fall Meeting held August 21-25, 2016 in Philadelphia, PA.
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Yoon, Hongkyu, Ilgen, Anastasia Gennadyevna, and Mills, Melissa Marie. Desorption of Cesium from Clay Minerals.. United States: N. p., 2016. Web.
Yoon, Hongkyu, Ilgen, Anastasia Gennadyevna, & Mills, Melissa Marie. Desorption of Cesium from Clay Minerals.. United States.
Yoon, Hongkyu, Ilgen, Anastasia Gennadyevna, and Mills, Melissa Marie. 2016. "Desorption of Cesium from Clay Minerals.". United States. doi:.
title = {Desorption of Cesium from Clay Minerals.},
author = {Yoon, Hongkyu and Ilgen, Anastasia Gennadyevna and Mills, Melissa Marie},
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place = {United States},
year = 2016,
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