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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is studying the molecular mechanisms of hydrophobicity in uranium. Hydrophobicity, the condition of not binding to or dissolving in water as seen in the photo, might be a key reason that uranium deposits are stable for millions of years in nature. The results of this work could improve the current understanding of waste form durability in the Yucca Mountain waste repository.

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Document Title: Spent Fuel Research: Uranium Hydrophobicity
Category: Nuclear Research and Facilities
Media Type: Photos
Date of Image/Photo: November 2003
Background: This work is for the U.S. Department of Energy Radioactive Waste program.
URL of this page: http://picturethis.pnl.gov/picturet.nsf/by+id/AMER-5VGV6K

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