THE PREPARATION OF HIGH PURITY ACTINIDE METALS AND COMPOUNDS
Considerable progress has been possible in the determination of chemical and physical properties of actinide solids as a result of improved preparation and purification methods. The growing demands for well characterized samples have given the incentive to overcome the difficulties presented to the actinide chemist by the high radioactivity hazard and comparative rarity of the actinide elements. In this chapter, preparation and purification methods are reviewed. In view of the expected role of 5f electrons in the metallic bond of actinides, methods for the preparation of metals have been particularly studied. There has also been important progress in the preparation of simple binary compounds. Special emphasis has been given to the growth of single crystals, particularly needed for the most refined physical techniques. The chapter underlines the interdisciplinary nature of actinide solid state research.
Bibliographic Reference: PUBLISHED IN STRUCTURE AND BONDING, NO. 59/60, PP. 57-73, EDITED BY SPRINGER-VERLAG, 1985
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