AGFD Neil Da Costa  Tuesday, March 27, 2012 

133 - Nanotechnology for the prevention of food and agriculture contamination as a result of nuclear accidents

Allen Apblett, allen.apblett@okstate.edu, Hamed Albusaidi, Cory Perkins, Zeid Al-Othman. Department of Chemistry, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, United States

Nuclear accidents such as the ones at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan and at Chernobyl along with the legacy of past use and testing of nuclear weapons have highlighted the need for technologies to decontaminate food and water that contain radionuclides. The potential for future nuclear wars and even the contamination of food and water by spent uranium penetrators further delineate the need for technologies to protect animals and the public. We have developed technologies based on nanoparticulate metal oxides that have very high capacity for radionuclides. For example, they can be used to remove radiostrontium from milk. The use of suitably-derivitized nanoporous silicas for this purpose will also be discussed.


Tuesday, March 27, 2012 03:45 PM
Nanotechnology for Food and Agriculture (01:15 PM - 05:00 PM)
Location: Embassy Suites San Diego Bay
Room: Topeka

 

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