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Radiation-induced dissolution of uranium oxide materials in water

Kumagai, Yuta

Hoshasen Kagaku (Internet), (115), p.43 - 49, 2023/04

Oxidation and dissolution of uranium oxide materials has been a subject of numerous studies as a basis of the geological disposal technology for spent nuclear fuel. The understandings obtained by these studies provide useful suggestions for research and development regarding the retrieval and storage of nuclear fuel debris generated by a nuclear severe accident. Here, these research backgrounds of oxidative dissolution of uranium oxides are briefly reviewed and some studies relating to radiation-induced reactions will be introduced.

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A Study of barite coprecipitation behavior and its application to environmental radiochemistry and geochemistry

Tokunaga, Kohei

Hosha Kagaku, (47), p.20 - 23, 2023/03

no abstracts in English

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A Study of H$$_{2}$$O$$_{2}$$-induced oxidative degradation of simulated fuel debris

Kumagai, Yuta; Kusaka, Ryoji; Nakada, Masami; Watanabe, Masayuki; Akiyama, Daisuke*; Kirishima, Akira*; Sato, Nobuaki*; Sasaki, Takayuki*

Hoshasen Kagaku (Internet), (113), p.61 - 64, 2022/04

The severe accident at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station resulted in generation of fuel debris. The fuel debris is in contact with water and the radiolysis of water can accelerate degradation of the debris. The analysis of particles sampled from inside or near the damaged reactors indicates the complicated compositions of the fuel debris. It is challenging to estimate the effect of water radiolysis on such a complicated material. Therefore, in this study, we investigated the potential degradation process by leaching experiments of simulated fuel debris in aqueous H$$_{2}$$O$$_{2}$$ solution. The results show that the reaction of H$$_{2}$$O$$_{2}$$ induced uranium dissolution from most of the samples and then formation of uranyl peroxides. In contrast, a sample that had U-Zr oxide solid solution as the major phase exhibited remarkable resistance to H$$_{2}$$O$$_{2}$$. These findings revealed that the degradation of the simulated debris reflects the reactivity and stability of the uranium phase in the matrices.

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Investigation of hydration and adsorption structures on clay minerals of radium by EXAFS

Yamaguchi, Akiko; Nagata, Kojiro*; Tanaka, Kazuya; Kobayashi, Keita; Kobayashi, Toru; Shimojo, Kojiro; Tanida, Hajime; Sekiguchi, Tetsuhiro; Kaneta, Yui; Matsuda, Shohei; et al.

Hosha Kagaku, (45), p.28 - 30, 2022/03

no abstracts in English

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Track-structure mode for electrons, protons and carbon ions in the PHITS code

Matsuya, Yusuke; Kai, Takeshi; Ogawa, Tatsuhiko; Hirata, Yuho; Sato, Tatsuhiko

Hoshasen Kagaku (Internet), (112), p.15 - 20, 2021/11

Particle and Heavy Ion Transport code System (PHITS) is a general-purpose Monte Carlo code enabling radiation kinetics, which is often used in diverse research fields, such as atomic energy, engineering, medicine and science. After released in 2010, the PHITS code has been developed to expand its functions and to improve its convenience. In the few years, track-structure mode has been introduced in PHITS that can simulate each atomic interaction by electrons, positions, protons and carbon ions in liquid water. Thanks to the development of track-structure mode, the latest PHITS code enables microscopic dose calculations by decomposing it to the scale of DNA. Aiming at realizing the track-structure mode with high precision, the further developments of electron and ion track-structure mode for arbitrary materials are recently ongoing. This review shows the development history and future prospect of PHITS track-structure mode, which can expect to be further applied to the research fields of atomic physics, radiation chemistry, and quantum life science.

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Safety assessment of adsorbent for extraction chromatography and effect on radiation of separation operation

Miyazaki, Yasunori; Sano, Yuichi

Hoshasen Kagaku (Internet), (112), p.27 - 32, 2021/11

no abstracts in English

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External dose estimation for wild animals using ESR spectroscopy

Oka, Toshitaka; Takahashi, Atsushi*

Hoshasen Kagaku (Internet), (110), p.13 - 19, 2020/10

The article depicts how to estimate the external exposure dose for wild animals using electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy. The relationship between the CO$$_{2}$$ radical intensity and the absorbed dose, that is, dose response curve of tooth enamel of Japanese macaque was observed, and the detection limit of our method was estimated. The estimated detection limit of 33.5 mGy is comparable to the previously reported detection limit for human molar teeth. The external exposure dose for seven wild Japanese macaques captured in Fukushima prefecture were examined using this dose response curve. The estimated external exposure dose were ranged between 45 mGy to 300 mGy.

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A Fault dating method using an electron spin resonance

Tanaka, Kiriha*; Muto, Jun*; Nagahama, Hiroyuki*; Oka, Toshitaka

Hoshasen Kagaku (Internet), (110), p.21 - 30, 2020/10

In a fault dating by electron spin resonance (ESR), the number of unpaired electrons trapped in defects in minerals contained in a fault material is detected as ESR intensity. Based on the quantitative change of the intensity before and after an earthquake, the last age of a fault movement can be estimated. However, this method has a hypothesis called "zero-setting" which assumes the decrease in the ESR intensity to zero by fault movement during an earthquake. In order to understand and demonstrate zero-setting, the analysis of the natural fault materials and experiments mimicking fault movements have been conducted. In this paper, we summarized the previous studies about zero-setting by fault movement and described the current status and challenges.

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Development of lanthanide and actinide studies toward interface chemistry using vibrational sum frequency generation spectroscopy

Kusaka, Ryoji

Hosha Kagaku, (41), p.31 - 33, 2020/03

This commentary article introduced researches involved in encouragement award 2019 of the Japan Society of Nuclear and Radiochemical Sciences. Vibrational sum frequency generation (VSFG) spectroscopy and interfacial studies of solvent extraction of lanthanides and actinides using VSFG spectroscopy were described.

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Prediction of scintillation light yield based on track-structure simulation

Ogawa, Tatsuhiko; Sato, Tatsuhiko; Yamaki, Tetsuya*

Hoshasen Kagaku (Internet), (108), p.11 - 17, 2019/11

Scintillators are generally used to detect various kinds of particles such as electrons, gammas, protons and heavy ions. Scintillators emit photons according to the energy deposited to the crystal. It is also known that light yield is suppressed for particles depositing energy densely owing to quenching. Moreover, it is suggested that quenching is attributed to transfer of energy from excited fluorescent molecules to damaged molecules (F$"{o}$rster mechanism or Dexter mechanism). In this study, energy deposition in a scintillator crystal by radiation was calculated using radiation transport codes to finally obtain excitation and damage of fluorescent molecules. Based on the calculation, spatial configuration of exited and damaged molecules. Then the probability that F$"{o}$rster mechanism takes place in excited molecules were estimated to obtain the number of fluorescent molecules that emit photons. As a result, light yield is proportionally increased with increase in the incident energy in case of electron incidence. On the other hand, light yield is increased non-linearly in case of proton incidence. This trend is in a good agreement with the experimental results.

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The 20th Workshop on Environmental Radioactivity

Koarai, Kazuma

Hosha Kagaku, (40), p.26 - 27, 2019/09

Report about "The 20th Workshop on Environmental Radioactivity" was submitted in ${it hoshakagaku}$. There were 195 participants in the workshop. They actively discussed environmental radioactivity and pollution after the Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Presentation awards were given to 4 persons.

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Studies on incorporation of $$^{90}$$Sr and $$^{137}$$Cs in hard tissues of cattle and monkey in the Fukushima environment

Koarai, Kazuma

Hosha Kagaku, (40), p.34 - 36, 2019/09

Abstract of doctor thesis was submitted to "Hoshakagaku", which is Japanese article. I described main theme of the thesis. The hard tissues of the animals incorporated $$^{90}$$ at the development stage and bone methabolism of the tissues. On the other hand, $$^{137}$$Cs was incorporated not only the development stage but also after the stage. Strontium-90 and cesium-137 in the cattle teeth reflected the pollution after the Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. The thesis showed $$^{90}$$ and $$^{137}$$Cs in the hard tissues would an important indicator of the environmental pollution.

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Effect of H$$_{2}$$O$$_{2}$$ concentration on oxidative dissolution of U$$_{2}$$O

Kumagai, Yuta

Hoshasen Kagaku (Internet), (107), p.77 - 78, 2019/04

Reaction of hydrogen peroxide (H$$_{2}$$O$$_{2}$$) with uranium dioxide (UO$$_{2}$$) oxidizes U(IV) to water-soluble U(VI). In the concept of direct geological disposal of spent nuclear fuel, this reaction is expected to induce dissolution of UO$$_{2}$$ matrix of the spent fuel. This study investigate effect of H$$_{2}$$O$$_{2}$$ concentration on the kinetics and the yield of U(VI) dissolution of this reaction. A series of experiments of the reaction of H$$_{2}$$O$$_{2}$$ with UO$$_{2}$$ powder dispersed in water has been carried out. The experimental results reveal that increase in the H$$_{2}$$O$$_{2}$$ concentration slows down the reaction and decreases the yield of U(VI) dissolution. This observation suggests that a reaction intermediate is generated in the course of the H$$_{2}$$O$$_{2}$$ reaction on the surface of UO$$_{2}$$.

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Recent progress of radiation physicochemical process (third part)

Kai, Takeshi; Yokoya, Akinari*; Fujii, Kentaro*; Watanabe, Ritsuko*

Hoshasen Kagaku (Internet), (106), p.21 - 29, 2018/11

It is thought to that the biological effects such as cell death or mutation are induced by complex DNA damage which are formed by several damage sites within a few nm. As the prediction of complex DNA damage at an electron track end, we report our outcomes. These results indicate that DNA damage sites comprising multiple nucleobase lesions with a single strand breaks can be formed by multiple collisions of the electrons within 1 nm. This multiple damage site cannot be processed by base excision repair enzymes. Pre-hydrated electrons can also be produced resulting in an additional base lesion over a few nm from the multi-damage site. This clustered damage site may be finally converted into a double strand break. These DSBs include another base lesion(s) at their termini that escape from the base excision process and which may result in biological effect. Our simulation is useful to reveal phenomena involved in radiation physico-chemistry as well as the DNA damage prediction.

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Report of participation in Radiochemical Conference

Shimada, Asako

Hosha Kagaku, (38), p.30 - 31, 2018/09

no abstracts in English

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Microfabrication of fluoropolymers using ion beam irradiation

Kitamura, Akane; Kobayashi, Tomohiro*

Hoshasen Kagaku (Internet), (104), p.29 - 34, 2017/10

no abstracts in English

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Reactivity of an antioxidant, edaravone, with reactive oxygen species and its chemical repair properties against oxidative damage on DNA

Hata, Kuniki; Lin, M.*; Yokoya, Akinari*; Fujii, Kentaro*; Yamashita, Shinichi*; Muroya, Yusa*; Katsumura, Yosuke*

Hoshasen Kagaku (Internet), (103), p.29 - 34, 2017/04

Reactivity of edaravone (3-methyl-1-phenyl-2-pyrazolin-5-one), which is known to show high antioxidative properties, with oxidative species, such as hydroxyl radical ($${}^{bullet}$$OH) and azide radical (N$$^{bullet}$$$$_{3}$$), was investigated by a pulse radiolysis experiment, and generation behavior of edaravone radicals produced through these reactions were observed. It was shown that OH-adducts are produced by the reaction with $${}^{bullet}$$OH in contrast to the other oxidative radicals, which react with edaravone by an electron transfer reaction. Chemical repair properties of edaravone against DNA lesions produced by reactions of DNA with oxidative species were also investigated by a pulse radiolysis experiment with deoxyguanosine monophosphate (dGMP) and a $$gamma$$-radiolysis experiment with plasmid DNA solutions. It was observed that edaravone reduced dGMP radicals just after produced in a dilute aqueous solution and inhibited some base lesions on plasmid DNA more effectively than single strand breaks. These results show that edaravone may protect living system from oxidative stress, such as radiation, by not only scavenging oxidative species but also reducing precursors of DNA leisons.

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Report on the stay in Norway as a secondee of OECD Halden Reactor Project

Hata, Kuniki

Hoshasen Kagaku (Internet), (103), P. 65, 2017/04

no abstracts in English

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Bonding study on d- and f-block coordination compounds by combining density functional calculations with M$"o$ssbauer spectroscopic parameters

Kaneko, Masashi

Hosha Kagaku, (35), p.36 - 39, 2017/03

This paper is an article for research introduction by winner of the Japan Society of Nuclear and Radiochemical Sciences Encouragement Price 2016. It was mentioned about the achievements which revealed the spin transition behavior of iron complex and the separation mechanism of actinides from lanthanides.

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