What is it about?

Natural radionuclides arise in basically all materials developed from ground raw material. The principal computer components (microprocessors) are manufactured from solid ground material, and small amounts of natural radioactive material may be present in the final product. The aim of this first approach was to verify qualitatively the existence of these radionuclides in microprocessor samples.

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Why is it important?

The presence of the natural radionuclides in microprocessor samples generates the expectation of quantifying radioisotope concentrations and verifying possible damage to workers dealing with the dismantling of large numbers of microcomputers

Perspectives

Our research group is preparing new experiments to quantify the specific activity of these radioisotopes. This work is It is extremely important to identify the risks that a specific population (workers in dismantling equipment) are subject to.

Arykerne Casado da Silva

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This page is a summary of: Natural radionuclides in electronic waste: an initial approach, Environmental Technology, July 2017, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/09593330.2017.1349187.
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