This workshop was the fourth in a series devoted to the application of synchrotron radiation techniques for studying actinide species. The unique properties of synchrotron radiation allow the elucidation of the molecular and electronic structure of radionuclide samples. Since 2004 when the previous workshop was held, worldwide experimental capabilities for carrying out such studies have expanded. Synergy is developing with advanced theoretical and simulation tools, and it is expected that this progress will contribute significantly to developments in areas such as radioactive waste management, site environmental remediation and separation technologies, as well as in the radiopharmaceutical industry.
The Actinide-XAS-2006 workshop brought together experts in solution, co-ordination and solid state chemistry of the actinides, actinide physics and environmental and life sciences. Workshop sessions were organised on cutting-edge experimental techniques, theoretical and modelling tools and reports on experimental facilities. These proceedings contain abstracts and peer-reviewed papers for 24 presentations as well as 33 poster session contributions, representing the current state of the art in speciation techniques and facilities for radioactive materials at synchrotron light sources.