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Research changes the elementals of science

A Curtin University of Technology scientist has made a breakthrough that could overturn some elementary tenants of solid-state chemistry and lead to a new branch of materials science.

Associate Professor Nigel Marks has been working with Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers Chao Jiang, Chris Stanek, Kurt Sickafus and Blas Uberuaga, running atomic-scale simulations on nuclear waste, with results indicating that the decay of radioactive isotopes may be used to create new materials for use in industrial processes.