Gene Stowe & Tammi Freehling | September 23, 2016
ND Energy affiliated faculty member, Jay LaVerne, professional specialist and concurrent professor of radiation physics, has joined a “dream team” of experts to study the chemical reactions that cause nuclear waste to change over time, with the goal of identifying safe, permanent storage for the radioactive material.
The nuclear waste is left over from the Manhattan Project, a research and development project that produced the first nuclear weapons during World War II.
IDREAM (Interfacial Dynamics in Radioactive Environments and Materials) Center, is one of four new Energy Frontier Research Centers named by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science to better understand the chemistry of radioactive waste.
This $12 million dollar initiative is led by Sue Clark, a researcher at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, where the material has been stored for decades.