Seawater uranium sorbents: preparation from a mesoporous copolymer initiator by atom-transfer radical polymerization.

@article{Yue2013SeawaterUS,
  title={Seawater uranium sorbents: preparation from a mesoporous copolymer initiator by atom-transfer radical polymerization.},
  author={Yanfeng Yue and Richard T. Mayes and Jungseung Kim and Pasquale F Fulvio and Xiao‐Guang Sun and Costas Tsouris and Jihua Chen and Suree S Brown and Sheng Dai},
  journal={Angewandte Chemie},
  year={2013},
  volume={52 50},
  pages={
          13458-62
        }
}
The world s oceans, where uranium is found quite uniformly at a concentration of 3.3 mgL , present an alternative source of uranium to terrestrial mining for nuclear fuel. Environmental concerns associated with mining will undoubtedly increase as reserves are depleted, thus increasing the utility of more environmentally friendly feedstocks. Hence, before terrestrial resources become scarce, the development of sorbents designed for seawater extraction is of strategic importance to guarantee… 
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