Innovative research by Florida International University (FIU) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (DOE EM) has led to a publication in Communications Chemistry, an open access journal from Nature Research which publishes high-quality research, reviews and commentary in all areas of the chemical sciences.
The article “Spontaneous redox continuum reveals sequestered technetium clusters and retarded mineral transformation of iron” authored by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and FIU’s Applied Research Center (ARC) researchers Daria Boglaienko, Jennifer A. Soltis, Ravi K. Kukkadapu, Yingge Du, Lucas E. Sweet, Vanessa E. Holfeltz, Gabriel B. Hall, Edgar C. Buck, Carlo U. Segre, Hilary P. Emerson, Yelena Katsenovich and Tatiana G. Levitskaia, is based on research conducted as part of the Hanford Site’s Technetium (Tc) Management Program at PNNL (PI, Dr. Levitskaia). The research is also supported by the DOE’s Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program (MSIPP) under a collaborative FIU-PNNL MSIPP project titled, “Management of Hanford Low Activity Waste Off-Gas Condensate” (PI, Dr. Katsenovich). Dr. Daria Boglaienko, a main contributor to this paper, was a postdoctoral associate with ARC’s Soil and Groundwater Remediation Group at the time of the project’s inception and is now a postdoctoral associate at PNNL. This research led her to develop advanced skills in X-ray absorption spectroscopy and other solids characterization techniques, which she is applying in her studies.
Congratulations to Daria and all authors on well-deserved success!
The article can be accessed at: https://www.nature.com/articles/s42004-020-0334-x