BNL's John Shanklin Plastics from plants

Plants could be the ultimate “green” factories, engineered to pump out the kinds of raw materials we now obtain from petroleum-based chemicals. But getting plants to accumulate high levels of desired products has been an elusive goal.

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Daniel Sinars examines one of the aluminum cylinders used in the Z pulsed power experiments. The monitor on the X-ray machine in the background displays a highly magnified, pre-experiment view of the wavering edges machined into the outside edge of the cylinder. These were used to intentionally start the growth of the instability. Radiation mapping device scans hazardous environments remotely

A partnership that stretches  “across the pond” between DOE’s Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) and the United Kingdom’s National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) aims to reduce worker exposure by providing technology to remotely perform the characterization needed for deactivation and decommissioning (D&D) of radioactively contaminated facilities in both the U.S. and the U.K.

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DOE Pulse
  • Number 326  |
  • December 6, 2010