The Crystal Chemistry of Uranyl Polyoxometalates and Uranyl Chromates

Doctoral Dissertation


As the human race continues to consume power and resources at ever increasing levels, the ability to harness the energy contained within the nucleus of the uranium atom will play an integral role in meeting our future energy demands. However, processes involved with the production of energy or weapons by nuclear fission reactions create a whole suite of waste streams with serious environmental consequences. Study of the crystal chemistry of uranium compounds is essential for understanding the chemical and physical properties of materials necessary for the safe disposal of radioactive materials.

Hydrothermal and room temperature synthesis techniques and single-crystal Xray diffraction were used to study the structural details of 32 uranyl compounds. These compounds include a unique family of uranyl peroxide polyoxometalates with closed topologies, and novel structures of uranyl chromate chain, sheet, and framework structures with interesting coordination geometry for solid-state hexavalent uranium.


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  • etd-04122011-114800

Author Daniel Kurt Unruh
Advisor Peter C. Burns
Contributor Peter C. Burns, Committee Chair
Contributor Antonio Simonetti, Committee Member
Contributor Jeremy Fein, Committee Member
Contributor Thomas Albrecht-Schmitt, Committee Member
Degree Level Doctoral Dissertation
Degree Discipline Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences
Degree Name PhD
Defense Date
  • 2011-04-11

Submission Date 2011-04-12
  • United States of America

  • X-ray diffraction

  • uranyl chromate

  • nanoclusters

  • actinide

  • polyoxometalates

  • crystal chemistry

  • uranium

  • University of Notre Dame

  • English

Record Visibility Public
Content License
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