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Systems and methods for treating material

United States Patent

October 21, 2014
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Systems for treating material are provided that can include a vessel defining a volume, at least one conduit coupled to the vessel and in fluid communication with the vessel, material within the vessel, and NF.sub.3 material within the conduit. Methods for fluorinating material are provided that can include exposing the material to NF.sub.3 to fluorinate at least a portion of the material. Methods for separating components of material are also provided that can include exposing the material to NF.sub.3 to at least partially fluorinate a portion of the material, and separating at least one fluorinated component of the fluorinated portion from the material. The materials exposed to the NF.sub.3 material can include but are not limited to one or more of U, Ru, Rh, Mo, Tc, Np, Pu, Sb, Ag, Am, Sn, Zr, Cs, Th, and/or Rb.
Scheele; Randall D. (Richland, WA), McNamara; Bruce K. (Richland, WA)
Battelle Memorial Institute (Richland, WA)
12/ 511,573
July 29, 2009
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS STATEMENT This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC26-03NT42009 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.