Cleaning up after nuclear disasters

Researchers have developed new technology capable of removing radioactive material from contaminated water and aiding clean-up efforts following nuclear disasters.

The innovation could also solve the problem of how to clean up millions of tonnes of water contaminated by dangerous radioactive material and safely store the concentrated waste.

The world-first intelligent adsorbent, which uses titanate nanofibre and nanotube technology, differs from current clean-up methods, such as layered clays and zeolites, because it could efficiently lock in deadly radioactive material from contaminated water.

The used adsorbents can then be safely disposed without the risk of leakage, even if the material became wet.

Read more at Queensland University of Technology