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Title: Reductive Immobilization of Toxic Metals and Radionuclides by Hydrogen Sulfide


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University of Missouri-Columbia, MO; Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA; Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago, IL
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USDOE Office of Science (SC)
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TRN: US0700154
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Conference: Annual Environmental Remediation Sciences Program PI Meeting, April 3-5, 2006, Warrenton, VA
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United States

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Baolin Deng, Jurisson, Silvia, Thornton, E.C., and Terry, Jeff. Reductive Immobilization of Toxic Metals and Radionuclides by Hydrogen Sulfide. United States: N. p., 2006. Web.
Baolin Deng, Jurisson, Silvia, Thornton, E.C., & Terry, Jeff. Reductive Immobilization of Toxic Metals and Radionuclides by Hydrogen Sulfide. United States.
Baolin Deng, Jurisson, Silvia, Thornton, E.C., and Terry, Jeff. Wed . "Reductive Immobilization of Toxic Metals and Radionuclides by Hydrogen Sulfide". United States. doi:.
title = {Reductive Immobilization of Toxic Metals and Radionuclides by Hydrogen Sulfide},
author = {Baolin Deng and Jurisson, Silvia and Thornton, E.C. and Terry, Jeff},
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place = {United States},
year = {Wed Apr 05 00:00:00 EDT 2006},
month = {Wed Apr 05 00:00:00 EDT 2006}

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