A recent article in NyTeknik (link) highlights recent findings in a US study funded by the DOE titled ‘Self-accelerated corrosion of nuclear waste forms at material interfaces’. In the NyTeknik article associate prof. Michael Holmboe is interviewed and comments on the relevance of the results for the planned nuclear waste disposal in Sweden.
The Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet, VR) has awarded Michael Holmboe a 4-year research project grant, for a project focusing on adsorption of biogeochemical organics to clays and similar minerals!
Deconvolution of Smectite Hydration Isotherms
Authors: Jerry Lindholm, Jean-Francois Boily and Michael Holmboe.
Sorption isotherm models have traditionally served as an invaluable tool to characterize synthesized and natural mineral particles, but often fail to describe the behavior of swelling materials. This research presents a novel composite isotherm model that describes water uptake by adsorption, step-wise intercalation, and condensation.
Michael Holmboe’s collaboration with researchers (Ruth Tinnacher, CSUEastBay and Christophe Tournassat, LBNL, BRGM) in the US focusing on uranyl complex – clay transport and interactions was highlighted in the evening newspaper Expressen, forskning.se and (initially) by the faculty news.