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Occurrence of radioactive cesium-rich micro-particles (CsMPs) in a school building located 2.8 km south-west of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

Fueda, Kazuki*; Komiya, Tatsuki*; Minomo, Kenta*; Horie, Kenji*; Takehara, Mami*; Yamasaki, Shinya*; Shiotsu, Hiroyuki; Onuki, Toshihiko*; Grambow, B.*; Law, G. T. W.*; et al.

Chemosphere, 328, p.138566_1 - 138566_12, 2023/07

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0(Environmental Sciences)

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Chemical species of iodine during sorption by activated carbon; Effects of original chemical species and fulvic acids

Kato, Tomoaki; Kozai, Naofumi; Tanaka, Kazuya; Kaplan, D. I.*; Utsunomiya, Satoshi*; Onuki, Toshihiko

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 59(5), p.580 - 589, 2022/05

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:41.01(Nuclear Science & Technology)

This study reports the effect of fulvic acids, which is a natural organic substance generally contained in groundwater, on the oxidation states of radioactive iodine anions (iodide and iodate). Iodide and iodate are contained in the contaminated water of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and supposed to be removed by activated carbon (AC) via adsorption. When fulvic acids does not exist in the experimental system, the adsorption of iodide on AC was less than that of iodate and their oxidation states after the adsorption were not changed. When fulvic acids existed, a fraction of the adsorbed iodate was reduced to iodide. This result indicates that the reduction of the adsorbed iodate progresses during the storage of the spent AC.

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Volatilization of B$$_{4}$$C control rods in Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors during meltdown; B-Li isotopic signatures in cesium-rich microparticles

Fueda, Kazuki*; Takami, Ryu*; Minomo, Kenta*; Morooka, Kazuya*; Horie, Kenji*; Takehara, Mami*; Yamasaki, Shinya*; Saito, Takumi*; Shiotsu, Hiroyuki; Onuki, Toshihiko*; et al.

Journal of Hazardous Materials, 428, p.128214_1 - 128214_10, 2022/04

 Times Cited Count:4 Percentile:74.58(Engineering, Environmental)

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Ten years after the NPP accident at Fukushima; Review on fuel debris behavior in contact with water

Grambow, B.; Nitta, Ayako; Shibata, Atsuhiro; Koma, Yoshikazu; Utsunomiya, Satoshi*; Takami, Ryu*; Fueda, Kazuki*; Onuki, Toshihiko*; Jegou, C.*; Laffolley, H.*; et al.

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 59(1), p.1 - 24, 2022/01

 Times Cited Count:13 Percentile:71.66(Nuclear Science & Technology)

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Formation of radioactive cesium microparticles originating from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident; Characteristics and perspectives

Onuki, Toshihiko*; Satou, Yukihiko; Utsunomiya, Satoshi*

Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 56(9-10), p.790 - 800, 2019/09

 Times Cited Count:9 Percentile:63.81(Nuclear Science & Technology)

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Removal of soluble strontium via incorporation into biogenic carbonate minerals by halophilic bacterium Bacillus sp. strain TK2d in a highly saline solution

Horiike, Takumi*; Dotsuta, Yuma*; Nakano, Yuriko*; Ochiai, Asumi*; Utsunomiya, Satoshi*; Onuki, Toshihiko; Yamashita, Mitsuo*

Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 83(20), p.e00855-17_1 - e00855-17_11, 2017/10

 Times Cited Count:14 Percentile:54.44(Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology)

Radioactive strontium ($$^{90}$$Sr) leaked into the ocean from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant after the nuclear accident. Since the removal of Sr using general adsorbents is not efficient at high salinity, this study investigated removal of soluble Sr from a saline solution by biogenic carbonate minerals. An isolate, Bacillus sp. strain TK2d, from marine sediment removed more than 99 % of Sr in a saline solution. Sr adsorbed at the cell surface and then carbonate minerals containing Sr developed outside the cells.

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Sorption behavior of Np(V) on microbe pure culture and consortia

Onuki, Toshihiko; Kozai, Naofumi; Sakamoto, Fuminori; Utsunomiya, Satoshi*; Kato, Kenji*

Chemistry Letters, 46(5), p.771 - 774, 2017/05

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0(Chemistry, Multidisciplinary)

The sorption behavior of Np(V) by the microbe consortia and by a single pure culture of Fe reducing bacterium was studied at pH between 3 and 7 in resting cell conditions. The sorption of Np(V) by the Fe reducing bacterium obtained in the inert condition and by the consortia in aerated condition were higher than by the Fe reducing bacterium in aerobic condition at pH below 5, strongly suggesting presence of other mechanism than the adsorption on microbial cell surface, i.e. reduction to Np(IV).

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Radioactive Cs in the estuary sediments near Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

Yamasaki, Shinya*; Imoto, Jumpei*; Furuki, Genki*; Ochiai, Asumi*; Onuki, Toshihiko; Sueki, Keisuke*; Namba, Kenji*; Ewing, R. C.*; Utsunomiya, Satoshi*

Science of the Total Environment, 551-552, p.155 - 162, 2016/05

 Times Cited Count:31 Percentile:72.57(Environmental Sciences)

Cesium-137 ($$^{137}$$Cs) of estuary sediment impacted by the FDNPP was measured. Increasing radioactivity was observed from surface to bottom. 90% of the $$^{137}$$Cs was strongly bound to clay minerals in the estuary sediments. These results suggest that $$^{137}$$Cs is being transported from contaminated paddy fields to the estuary.

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Geochemistry for the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident; Production, dispersion and migration of radionuclides

Tanaka, Kazuya; Takahashi, Yoshio*; Fukushi, Keisuke*; Utsunomiya, Satoshi*

Chikyu Kagaku, 49(4), p.169 - 171, 2015/12

Many studies have been carried out since the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) accident. This paper introduces the special issue on the FDNPP accident which includes contributions from various fields covering aerosols, soil, forest, river, ocean and application of new analytical technique to samples collected in Fukushima.

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Radioactive Cs in the severely contaminated soils near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

Kaneko, Makoto*; Iwata, Hajime; Shiotsu, Hiroyuki; Masaki, Shota*; Kawamoto, Yuji*; Yamasaki, Shinya*; Nakamatsu, Yuki*; Imoto, Jumpei*; Furuki, Genki*; Ochiai, Asumi*; et al.

Frontiers in Energy Research (Internet), 3, p.37_1 - 37_10, 2015/09

The mobility of the aggregates of submicron-sized sheet aluminosilicate in the surface environment is a key factor controlling the current Cs migration in Fukushima.

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Sorption of trivalent cerium by a mixture of microbial cells and manganese oxides; Effect of microbial cells on the oxidation of trivalent cerium

Onuki, Toshihiko; Jiang, M.*; Sakamoto, Fuminori; Kozai, Naofumi; Yamasaki, Shinya*; Yu, Q.; Tanaka, Kazuya; Utsunomiya, Satoshi*; Xia, X.*; Yange, K.*; et al.

Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 163, p.1 - 13, 2015/08

 Times Cited Count:18 Percentile:55.81(Geochemistry & Geophysics)

The association of Ce(III) with the microbial cell surface and the formation of Ce phosphate nano-particles are responsible for suppressing the oxidation of Ce(III) to Ce(IV) in the mixtures.

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Effect of minerals on accumulation of Cs by fungus ${{it Saccaromyces cerevisiae}}$

Onuki, Toshihiko; Sakamoto, Fuminori; Yamasaki, Shinya*; Kozai, Naofumi; Shiotsu, Hiroyuki; Utsunomiya, Satoshi*; Watanabe, Naoko*; Kozaki, Tamotsu*

Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 144, p.127 - 133, 2015/06

 Times Cited Count:9 Percentile:28.58(Environmental Sciences)

The accumulation of Cs by unicellular fungus of ${{it Saccaromyces cerevisiae}}$ in the presence of minerals has been studied to elucidate the role of microorganisms in the migration of radioactive Cs in the environment. In the presence of minerals in the agar medium, the radioactivity in the yeast cells was in the order of mica $$>$$ smectite, illite $$>>$$ vermiculite, phlogopite, zeolite. This order is inversely correlated to the ratio of the concentration of radioactive Cs between the minerals and the medium solution. These results strongly suggest that the yeast accumulates radioactive Cs competitively with minerals.

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Effects of CeO$$_{2}$$ nanoparticles on microbial metabolism

Masaki, Shota*; Shiotsu, Hiroyuki; Onuki, Toshihiko; Sakamoto, Fuminori; Utsunomiya, Satoshi*

Chemical Geology, 391, p.33 - 41, 2015/01

 Times Cited Count:9 Percentile:33.04(Geochemistry & Geophysics)

Distinct organic species and intracellular proteins were expressed after exposure of yeast cells to CeNPs. Although cytotoxicity was not caused by CeNPs, the results of the peptide mass fingerprint analysis of the intracellular protein revealed that Eno2p, a glycolysis enzyme, was expressed after the exposure to CeNPs. These results suggest that nanoparticles have the potential to alter microbial metabolism, leading to changes in the compositions of the released substances in the surrounding environment.

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Adsorption of ytterbium onto ${it Saccharomyces cerevisiae}$ fungal cells; A pH-dependent contribution of phosphoryl functional group

Jiang, M. Y.*; Onuki, Toshihiko; Yamasaki, Shinya; Tanaka, Kazuya*; Utsunomiya, Satoshi*

Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, 295(3), p.2283 - 2287, 2013/03

 Times Cited Count:3 Percentile:26.56(Chemistry, Analytical)

The adsorption of Ytterbium on the cells of yeast ${it Saccharomyces cerevisiae}$ has been studied by batch type experiment by changing solution pH. The Yb adsorption species on the yeast cell wall of the ${it Saccharomyces cerevisiae}$ was determined by extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy combined with a linear combination analysis at various pHs. The results indicated that the contribution of Yb-phosphoryl species was constant between pH 3 and 5, strongly suggesting that most of the Yb was associated with undeprotonated phosphoryl functional groups.

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Post-adsorption process of Yb phosphate nano-particle formation by ${it Saccharomyces cerevisiae}$

Jiang, M. Y.*; Onuki, Toshihiko; Tanaka, Kazuya*; Kozai, Naofumi; Kamiishi, Eigo; Utsunomiya, Satoshi*

Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 93, p.30 - 46, 2012/09

 Times Cited Count:30 Percentile:65.25(Geochemistry & Geophysics)

We have investigated the post-adsorption process of ytterbium (Yb) phosphate nano-particle formation by ${it Saccharomyces cerevisiae}$. We have elucidated the nano particle formation by TEM and EXAFS analyses, that adsorbed Yb reacts on the cell surface with the released pohosphate from inside the cell.

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The "Study on nuclear data by using a high intensity pulsed neutron source for advanced nuclear system" nuclear data project and the characteristics of the neutron beam line for the capture cross section experiments at J-PARC

Kiyanagi, Yoshiaki*; Kino, Koichi*; Furusaka, Michihiro*; Hiraga, Fujio*; Kamiyama, Takashi*; Kato, Kiyoshi*; Igashira, Masayuki*; Katabuchi, Tatsuya*; Mizumoto, Motoharu*; Oshima, Masumi; et al.

Journal of the Korean Physical Society, 59(2), p.1781 - 1784, 2011/08

 Times Cited Count:13 Percentile:62.78(Physics, Multidisciplinary)

The project of the comprehensive nuclear data research for the development of the advanced reactor systems had been executed successfully by eight organizations from 2005 to 2009. In this project, we constructed the pulsed neutron beamline that was aimed to obtain neutron capture cross-sections of long-lived fission products and minor actinides accurately. The energy spectra, spatial distributions, and pulses of the beam were studied by measurements and simulation calculations, and they were found to be consistent with those of the beamline design. In this paper, we present the overview of the project and the properties of the neutron beam provided by this beam line.

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Biological nano-mineralization of Ce phosphate by ${it Saccharomyces cerevisiae}$

Jiang, M.; Onuki, Toshihiko; Kozai, Naofumi; Tanaka, Kazuya; Suzuki, Yoshinori*; Sakamoto, Fuminori; Kamiishi, Eigo*; Utsunomiya, Satoshi*

Chemical Geology, 277(1-2), p.61 - 69, 2010/10

 Times Cited Count:36 Percentile:67.95(Geochemistry & Geophysics)

We have investigated the mechanism underlying Ce sequestration by yeast ${it Saccharomyces cerevisiae}$ after exposure to Ce(III) solution at pH 3, 4, or 5. We found that needle-shaped Ce(III) phosphate nanocrystallites with a monazite structure formed on the yeast cells by exposure to Ce(III) for 42 h, even though the initial solutions did not contain any P species. These results suggest that the sorbed Ce on the cell surfaces reacted with P released from inside the yeast cell, resulting in the formation of Ce(III) phosphate nanocrystallites.

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Anoxic dissolution processes of biotite; Implications for Fe behavior during Archean weathering

Murakami, Takashi*; Ito, Junichi*; Utsunomiya, Satoshi*; Kasama, Takeshi*; Kozai, Naofumi; Onuki, Toshihiko

Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 224(1-2), p.117 - 129, 2004/07

 Times Cited Count:30 Percentile:49.87(Geochemistry & Geophysics)

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Biomineralization of REE phosphate nano-minerals by Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Jiang, M.; Onuki, Toshihiko; Kozai, Naofumi; Tanaka, Kazuya; Suzuki, Yoshinori; Utsunomiya, Satoshi*

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We investigated association of Ce with yeast S. cerevisiae at pH of 3, 4, and 5. SEM analysis showed that nano-sized Ce bearing minerals were developed on the cell surface. TEM and SAED analyses showed that the Ce- bearing mineral is monazite.

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Biological nano-mineralization of Yb phosphate by ${it Saccharomyces cerevisiae}$

Onuki, Toshihiko; Jiang, M.; Kamiishi, Eigo*; Utsunomiya, Satoshi*; Tanaka, Kazuya; Kozai, Naofumi; Suzuki, Yoshinori*

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We have investigated the association of heavy REE of Yb with yeast ${it S. cerevisiae}$ after exposure at pH of 3, 4 or 5. A variety of analytical techniques including FESEM-EDS, TEM, ICP-AES, XAFS have been employed to investigate the sequestration mechanism of Yb by yeast as a function of exposure time. Ytterbium concentrations in solutions decrease as the exposure time increases. FESEM, TEM, and XAFS analyses revealed that nano-sized blocky Yb phosphate with amorphous phase formed on the yeast cells surface after 24 h. These results suggest that the sorbed Yb on the cell surfaces reacted with P released from inside of the yeast cell, resulting in the formation of amorphous Yb phosphate.

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