uranium hexafluoride

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uranium hexafluoride

[yə′rā·nē·əm ¦hek·sə′flu̇r‚īd]
(inorganic chemistry)
UF6 Highly toxic, radioactive, corrosive, colorless crystals; soluble in carbon tetrachloride, fluorocarbons, and liquid halogens; it reacts vigorously with alcohol, water, ether, and most metals, and it sublimes; used to separate uranium isotopes in the gaseous-diffusion process.
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(56) North Korea would first have to convert uranium "yellowcake" into uranium hexaflouride to feed into the centrifuges.
The daily, quoting officials with access to the intelligence, said the conclusion was made ''with a certainty of 90 percent or better'' through extensive testing conducted at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee over the last several months using uranium hexaflouride surrendered to the United States when Libya dismantled its nuclear program last year.
According to Makoto Morita, chief of JCO's general affairs department, the three workers failed to use a solution tank or storage tank in processing uranium hexaflouride with a nitric acid solution to allow impurities to settle.