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Introduction: Fundamental Properties of Uranium and Its Compounds, the Nuclear Fuel Cycle, and Analytical Methods Used for Characterizing Uranium

We open with a concise introduction on the sources of uranium in nature and its main physical, chemical, and nuclear properties and then briey discuss the chemistry of uranium and its compounds with emphasis on those that play an important role in uranium processing, namely, in the uranium fuel cycle. As we are concerned with the modern analytical chemistry of uranium, we present the foremost analytical techniques that are used nowadays to characterize uranium in its different forms.