Applications of NMR in nuclear chemistry
The adaptation, worldwide, of a number of NMR spectrometers has increased nuclear chemistry capability in high-resolution liquid NMR. In the solid-state, the advent of ‘nuclearised’ MASNMR allows the deployment of high-resolution solid-state methods. Protocols for safely acquiring NMR spectra of liquids, solutions and solids containing radionuclides are introduced. The use of these NMR methods as an essential tool in the development of aqueous nuclear fuel re-processing and partitioning and transmutation strategies, the fate and transport of radionuclides in the geosphere and the effect of radionuclides in the human body are described. In the solid-state, the development of new nuclear fuels and quantifying the effects of radiation damage in solids is discussed.