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Abstract by Ben Vestal

Personal Infomation


Presenter's Name

Ben Vestal

Co-Presenters

None

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Co-Authors

None

Abstract Infomation


Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Faculty Advisor

Roger Harrison

Title

Pertechnetate Separation Techniques

Abstract

Pertechnetate (TcO4-) is a radioactive contaminant produced by nuclear waste and often used in nuclear medicine. It presents a potentially hazardous situation in commonly used water. Finding a good process for detecting and analyzing pertechnetate has been difficult. In the current research we model the pertechnetate ion with perrhenate, as they act chemically similar. We have developed a method using resorcinarene based molecules to separate perrhenate. We have been successful in doing so and have been able to quantify perrhenate in samples. We are working on developing separation methods for removal of perrhenate from common anions found in water.