Uranium: The Paradox Element

24 October 2019 17:30-20:00, Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Uranium is a naturally occurring element in the Earth’s crust demonstrating some unique properties. For centuries, due to its attractive physical appearance and properties, it has been used for decorative purposes in ceramic and glass products until the early 20th century when its powerful property of nuclear fission was discovered – a source of the most violent forces on the planet under human control. Just a pinprick of an invading neutron can rip the whole uranium atom apart, resulting in neutrons released outward like bullets travelling at unimaginable speeds creating an exponential cascade of energy release. Initially, this unique property of uranium was utilised by humankind to cause a catastrophic damage to the people and the environment, leaving a hurtful legacy to this day. However, since the late 1950s uranium has also been used in nuclear fission reactors as a source to generate sustainable source of energy to satisfy ever growing demands for electrical power. Can uranium be utilised as part of a sustainable energy mix to reduce carbon emissions?
  • Dr Tom Majchrowski United Kingdom

University of Aberdeen

Meston 1, University of Aberdeen, Meston Walk, Aberdeen, AB24 3UE, United Kingdom

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