Abstract by Ben Vestal
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Pertechnetate Separation Techniques
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.