A University of Sheffield professor has led a team of scientists who may have found a way to clean-up the dangerous waste left over at the Chernobyl power plant.

An accident at the fourth reactor of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant on April 26 1986, created one of the worst nuclear disasters in history. As the reactor went into meltdown, it generated a large amount of highly radioactive materials.

Today, scientists continue to research those materials to determine the best methods of containment and clean-up. Scientists from the University of Sheffield used ultrabright x-rays to investigate the chemical makeup of the simulated lava-like fuel-containing materials (LFCMs) they synthesized, which are usually found in nuclear plants after accidents.

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