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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724245/radioactively-hot-particles-detected-in-dusts-and-soils-from-northern-japan-by-combination-of-gamma-spectrometry-autoradiography-and-sem-eds-analysis-and-implications-in-radiation-risk-assessment
#1
Marco Kaltofen, Arnie Gundersen
After the March 11, 2011, nuclear reactor meltdowns at Fukushima Dai-ichi, 180 samples of Japanese particulate matter (dusts and surface soils) and 235 similar U.S. and Canadian samples were collected and analyzed sequentially by gamma spectrometry, autoradiography, and scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray analysis. Samples were collected and analyzed over a five-year period, from 2011 to 2016. Detectable levels of (134)Cs and (137)Cs were found in 142 of 180 (80%) Japanese particulate matter samples...
July 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723924/a-context-for-the-last-neandertals-of-interior-iberia-los-casares-cave-revisited
#2
Manuel Alcaraz-Castaño, Javier Alcolea-González, Martin Kehl, Rosa-María Albert, Javier Baena-Preysler, Rodrigo de Balbín-Behrmann, Felipe Cuartero, Gloria Cuenca-Bescós, Fernando Jiménez-Barredo, José-Antonio López-Sáez, Raquel Piqué, David Rodríguez-Antón, José Yravedra, Gerd-Christian Weniger
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Although the Iberian Peninsula is a key area for understanding the Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition and the demise of the Neandertals, valuable evidence for these debates remains scarce and problematic in its interior regions. Sparse data supporting a late Neandertal persistence in the Iberian interior have been recently refuted and hence new evidence is needed to build new models on the timing and causes of Neandertal disappearance in inland Iberia and the whole peninsula...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699737/extending-the-use-of-highly-porous-and-functionalized-mofs-to-th-iv-capture
#3
Nan Zhang, Li-Yong Yuan, Wen-Lu Guo, Shi-Zhong Luo, Zhi-Fang Chai, Wei-Qun Shi
Thorium separation has recently become a hot topic because of the potential application of thorium as a future nuclear fuel, while metal-organic framework (MOF) materials have received much attention in the separation field due to their unique properties. Herein, a highly porous and stable MOF, UiO-66, and its carboxyl derivatives (UiO-66-COOH and UiO-66-(COOH)2) were synthesized and explored for the first time for Th(IV) capture from a weak acidic solution. Although the introduction of carboxyl groups into UiO-66 leads to an obvious decrease in the surface area and pore volume, the adsorbability toward Th(IV) is greatly enhanced...
July 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689881/comparison-of-radium-228-determination-in-water-among-australian-laboratories
#4
Atun Zawadzki, Megan Cook, Brodie Cutmore, Fiona Evans, Daniela Fierro, Alicea Gedz, Jennifer J Harrison, Tom Loosz, Peter Medley, Lida Mokhber-Shahin, Sarah Mullins, Sandra Sdraulig
The National Health and Medical Research Council and Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council of Australia developed the current Australian Drinking Water Guidelines which recommend an annual radiation dose value of 1 mSv year(-1). One of the potential major contributors to the radiation dose from drinking water is radium-228, a naturally occurring radionuclide arising from the thorium decay series. Various methods of analysing for radium-228 in water have been established and adapted by analytical radiochemistry laboratories...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688249/use-of-spectral-gamma-ray-as-a-lithology-guide-for-fault-rocks-a-case-study-from-the-wenchuan-earthquake-fault-scientific-drilling-project-borehole-4-wfsd-4
#5
Ahmed Amara Konaté, Heping Pan, Huolin Ma, Zhen Qin, Bo Guo, Yao Yevenyo Ziggah, Claude Ernest Moussounda Kounga, Nasir Khan, Fodé Tounkara
The main purpose of the Wenchuan Earthquake Fault Scientific drilling project (WFSD) was to produce an in-depth borehole into the Yingxiu-Beichuan (YBF) and Anxian-Guanxian faults in order to gain a much better understanding of the physical and chemical properties as well as the mechanical faulting involved. Five boreholes, namely WFSD-1, WFSD-2, WFSD-3P, WFSD-3 and WFSD-4, were drilled during the project entirety. This study, therefore, presents first-hand WFSD-4 data on the lithology (original rocks) and fault rocks that have been obtained from the WFSD project...
June 28, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678261/thorium-complexes-possessing-expanded-ring-n-heterocyclic-iminato-ligands-synthesis-and-applications
#6
Tapas Ghatak, Shani Drucker, Natalia Fridman, Moris S Eisen
Six and seven membered N-heterocyclic iminato ligands (L) are introduced allowing access a new class of Th(iv) complexes of the type Cp*2Th(L)(CH3). These complexes were studied in the Tishchenko reaction. Stoichiometric reactions together with kinetic and thermodynamic studies permit us to propose a plausible mechanism.
July 5, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668731/determination-of-thorium-iv-using-isophthalaldehyde-tetrapyrrole-as-probe-by-resonance-light-scattering-second-order-scattering-and-frequency-doubling-scattering-spectra
#7
Jiao Wang, Jinhua Xue, Xilin Xiao, Li Xu, Min Jiang, Pengcheng Peng, Lifu Liao
The coordination reaction of thorium (IV) with a ditopic bidentate ligand to form supramolecular polymer was studied by resonance light scattering (RLS) spectra, second-order scattering (SOS) spectra and frequency-doubling scattering (FDS) spectra, respectively. The ditopic bidentate ligand is isophthalaldehyde-tetrapyrrole (IPTP). It was synthesized through a condensation reaction of isophthalaldehyde with pyrrole. The formation of supramolecular polymer results in remarkable intensity enhancements of the three light scattering signals...
June 27, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649867/study-of-isotopes-of-carbon-thorium-and-uranium-in-travertine-and-thermal-spring-samples-implications-for-effects-of-changes-in-geochemical-environment-and-processes
#8
Alexander I Malov
Data on modern radiocarbon activity in the old travertine formations of the Pymvashor hydrothermal system were used, in combination with (230)Th/U dating of the travertine, to estimate the (14)C contents of the total dissolved inorganic carbon in the ancient thermal water at the time of precipitation of the travertine ((14)Ccalc). With the known values of (14)Ccalc and average age of the thermal water, and under the assumption that the residence time of the water in aquifer was constant over the last 13.9 ± 1...
June 26, 2017: Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628886/estimation-of-the-production-of-medical-ac-225-on-thorium-material-via-proton-accelerator
#9
Ozan Artun
In the present study, we aimed at estimating the production of medical Ac-225 radionuclide via proton accelerator in the energy range Eproton=1000 →1MeV under certain conditions, on thorium target material instead of uranium due to the low abundant of uranium in nature. Hence, to produce the medical Ac-225, cross-section, separation energy was calculated by taking into account the proton induced reaction processes that were simulated to estimate activity and, yield of the product up to 1000MeV. Moreover, the calculated integral yields of reactions were presented...
June 10, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537586/actinide-covalency-measured-by-pulsed-electron-paramagnetic-resonance-spectroscopy
#10
Alasdair Formanuik, Ana-Maria Ariciu, Fabrizio Ortu, Reece Beekmeyer, Andrew Kerridge, Floriana Tuna, Eric J L McInnes, David P Mills
Our knowledge of actinide chemical bonds lags far behind our understanding of the bonding regimes of any other series of elements. This is a major issue given the technological as well as fundamental importance of f-block elements. Some key chemical differences between actinides and lanthanides-and between different actinides-can be ascribed to minor differences in covalency, that is, the degree to which electrons are shared between the f-block element and coordinated ligands. Yet there are almost no direct measures of such covalency for actinides...
June 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528235/mapping-natural-radioactivity-of-soil-samples-in-different-regions-of-punjab-india
#11
Komal Saini, B S Bajwa
Thallium activated sodium iodide (NaI(Tl)) detector and multi channel analyzer has been utilized to measure gamma rays emitted by radio nuclides found in soil samples of south-west (SW) region of Punjab state, India where elevated level of uranium of around value of 700µg/l in groundwater has been reported. For comparative study, soil samples were also collected and analyzed from west (W) and north east (NE) regions of the state. Uranium and potassium has been found to be comparatively higher in SW region whereas thorium level is higher in W and NE part of Punjab state...
May 13, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514699/profiling-of-illicit-cocaine-seized-in-china-by-icp-ms-analysis-of-inorganic-elements
#12
Cuimei Liu, Zhendong Hua, Xin Meng
For the first time in China, the inorganic element profiling of cocaine specimens was performed at the National Narcotics Laboratory. An inductive coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) method was developed and validated for simultaneous analysis of 26 inorganic elements, including sodium (Na), magnesium (Mg), aluminuim (Al), potassium (K), calcium (Ca), vanadium (V), chromium (Cr), manganese (Mn), iron (Fe), cobalt (Co), nickel (Ni), copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), arsenic (As), selenium (Se), molybdenum (Mo), silver (Ag), cadmium (Cd), antimony (Sb), barium (Ba), lanthanum (La), cerium (Ce), thallium (Tl), lead (Pb), thorium (Th), and uranium (U) in illicit cocaine samples...
April 29, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511933/an-initial-demonstration-of-hierarchically-porous-niobium-alkylphosphonates-coordination-polymers-as-potent-radioanalytical-separation-materials
#13
Kai Lv, Chu-Ting Yang, Jun Han, Sheng Hu, Xiao-Lin Wang
Combining the merits of soft-templating and perchlorate oxidation methods, the first-case investigation of niobium alkylphosphonates has uncovered their unique morphology, backbone composition, thermal behavior and huge potentiality as radioanalytical separation materials. These hierarchically porous solids are random aggregates of densely stacked nanolayers perforated with worm-like holes or vesicular voids, manifesting the massif-, tower-like "polymer brush" elevated up to ∼150nm driven by the minimal surface free energy principle...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485957/carbamoylmethylphosphine-oxide-functionalized-mil-101-cr-as-highly-selective-uranium-adsorbent
#14
Jeroen De Decker, Julie Rochette, Jeriffa De Clercq, Justyna Florek, Pascal Van Der Voort
The carbamoylmethylphosphine oxide (CMPO) functionalized MIL-101(Cr) was investigated as a potential uranium scavenger. This metal-organic framework-based adsorbent shows very high selectivity toward uranium, as well as thorium, in competition with various rare earth metals. Furthermore, it showed rapid adsorption kinetics, in both batch conditions and a dynamic (column) setup. The adsorbent is fully regenerable, using oxalate solution. Fast elution kinetics in the column setup were observed during the regeneration...
June 6, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446716/targeted-alpha-therapy-using-a-novel-cd70-targeted-thorium-227-conjugate-in-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-models-of-renal-cell-carcinoma
#15
Urs B Hagemann, Dessislava Mihaylova, Steinar R Uran, Joergen Borrebaek, Derek Grant, Roger M Bjerke, Jenny Karlsson, Alan S Cuthbertson
The cell surface receptor CD70 has been previously reported as a promising target for B-cell lymphomas and several solid cancers including renal cell carcinoma. We describe herein the characterization and efficacy of a novel CD70 targeted thorium-227 conjugate (CD70-TTC) comprising the combination of the three components, a CD70 targeting antibody, a chelator moiety and the short-range, high-energy alpha-emitting radionuclide thorium-227 (227Th). In vitro analysis demonstrated that the CD70-TTC retained binding affinity to its target and displayed potent and specific cytotoxicity compared to an isotype control-TTC...
April 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432972/assessment-of-the-bioavailability-and-depuration-of-uranium-cesium-and-thorium-in-snails-cantareus-aspersus-using-kinetics-models
#16
B Pauget, A Villeneuve, P O Redon, A Cuvier, A de Vaufleury
Uranium ore waste has led to soil contamination that may affect both environmental and soil health. To analyze the risk of metal transfer, metal bioavailability must be estimated by measuring biological parameters. Kinetic studies allow taking into account the dynamic mechanisms of bioavailability, as well as the steady state concentration in organisms necessary to take into account for relevant risk assessment. In this way, this work aims to model the snail accumulation and excretion kinetics of uranium (U), cesium (Cs) and thorium (Th)...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431375/radioactivity-in-wastes-generated-from-shale-gas-exploration-and-production-north-eastern-poland
#17
Paweł Jodłowski, Jan Macuda, Jakub Nowak, Chau Nguyen Dinh
In the present study, the K-40, U-238, Ra-226, Pb-210, Ra-228 and Th-228 activity concentrations were measured in 64 samples of wastes generated from shale gas exploration in North-Eastern Poland. The measured samples consist of drill cuttings, solid phase of waste drilling muds, fracking fluids, return fracking fluids and waste proppants. The measured activity concentrations in solid samples vary in a wide range from 116 to around 1100 Bq/kg for K-40, from 14 to 393 Bq/kg for U-238, from 15 to 415 Bq/kg for Ra-226, from 12 to 391 Bq/kg for Pb-210, from a few Bq/kg to 516 Bq/kg for Ra-228 and from a few Bq/kg to 515 Bq/kg for Th-228...
September 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430420/a-thorium-chalcogenolate-series-generated-by-atom-insertion-into-thorium-carbon-bonds
#18
Nicholas S Settineri, Mary E Garner, John Arnold
A new thorium monoalkyl complex, Th(CH2SiMe3)(L3) (L = MeC(N(i)Pr)2) (2), undergoes insertion of chalcogen atoms resulting in a series of thorium chalcogenolate complexes, Th(ECH2SiMe3)(L3) (E = S, SS, Se, Te; 5-8). Complex 6 represents the first alkyl disulfide thorium species and illustrates the ability of 2 to undergo controllable, stoichiometric atom insertion. All complexes have been characterized by (1)H and (13)C NMR spectroscopy, FTIR, EA, and melting point, and in the case of 1, 2, and 4-8, X-ray crystallography...
April 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421751/formation-and-characterization-of-homoleptic-thorium-isocyanide-complexes
#19
Xiuting Chen, Qingnuan Li, Yu Gong, Lester Andrews, Benjamin K Liebov, Zongtang Fang, David A Dixon
Homoleptic thorium isocyanide complexes have been prepared via the reactions of laser-ablated thorium atoms and (CN)2 in a cryogenic matrix, and the structures of the products were characterized by infrared spectroscopy and theoretical calculations. Thorium atoms reacted with (CN)2 under UV irradiation to form the oxidative addition product Th(NC)2, which was calculated to have closed-shell singlet ground state with a bent geometry. Further reaction of Th(NC)2 and (CN)2 resulted in the formation of Th(NC)4, a molecule with a tetrahedral geometry...
April 19, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411426/thoron-mitigation-system-based-on-charcoal-bed-for-applications-in-thorium-fuel-cycle-facilities-part-2-development-characterization-and-performance-evaluation
#20
K Sudeep Kumara, B K Sahoo, J J Gaware, B K Sapra, Y S Mayya, N Karunakara
Exposure due to thoron ((220)Rn) gas and its decay products in a thorium fuel cycle facility handling thorium or (232)U/(233)U mixture compounds is an important issue of radiological concern requiring control and mitigation. Adsorption in a flow-through charcoal bed offers an excellent method of alleviating the release of (220)Rn into occupational and public domain. In this paper, we present the design, development, and characterization of a Thoron Mitigation System (TMS) for industrial application. Systematic experiments were conducted in the TMS for examining the (220)Rn mitigation characteristics with respect to a host of parameters such as flow rate, pressure drop, charcoal grain size, charcoal mass and bed depth, water content, and heat of the carrier gas...
June 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
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