Radiochemical dating chemistry
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Brookhaven is operated and managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, which was founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.
Voigt, who has become a consultant since leaving the IAEA, points out that the University of Hannover is the only institute in Germany where students can pursue radiochemistry.
Voigt recalled that when she was at the IAEA, an international search for a good radiochemist took about three years.
But this expertise is needed because many countries – including Saudi Arabia, China and the United Arab Emirates – are ramping up nuclear power production.
In addition, Voigt said, this radiochemical expertise is required in Europe and elsewhere for nuclear decommissioning and waste management, and also for global warming research and radiation protection.
‘There is an older generation that is moving on, and there isn’t necessary a younger generation following in as great numbers,’ she says.