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Title: Method of immobilizing weapons plutonium to provide a durable, disposable waste product

A method of atomic scale fixation and immobilization of plutonium to provide a durable waste product. Plutonium is provided in the form of either PuO.sub.2 or Pu(NO.sub.3).sub.4 and is mixed with and SiO.sub.2. The resulting mixture is cold pressed and then heated under pressure to form (Zr,Pu)SiO.sub.4 as the waste product.
Inventors:
 [1];  [1];  [2]
  1. (Albuquerque, NM)
  2. (Richland, WA)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
870559
Assignee:
University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM) PNNL
Patent Number(s):
US 5545797
Contract Number:
AC06-76RL01830
Research Org:
BATTELLE MEMORIAL INSTITUTE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
method; immobilizing; weapons; plutonium; provide; durable; disposable; waste; product; atomic; scale; fixation; immobilization; provided; form; puo; mixed; sio; resulting; mixture; cold; pressed; heated; pressure; zr; cold pressed; waste product; resulting mixture; atomic scale; disposable waste; /588/501/

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