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Method for electrochemical decontamination of radioactive metal

United States Patent

June 10, 2008
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A decontamination method for stripping radionuclides from the surface of stainless steel or aluminum material comprising the steps of contacting the metal with a moderately acidic carbonate/bicarbonate electrolyte solution containing sodium or potassium ions and thereafter electrolytically removing the radionuclides from the surface of the metal whereby radionuclides are caused to be stripped off of the material without corrosion or etching of the material surface.
Ekechukwu; Amy A. (Augusta, GA)
The United States of America as represented by the United States Department of Energy (Washington, DC), N/A (
09/ 672,046
September 29, 2000
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant the terms of Department of Energy contract number DE-AC09-96SR18500.