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Title: Helping nuclear power help us

After a prolonged absence, the word 'nuclear' has returned to the lexicon of sustainable domestic energy resources. Due in no small part to its demonstrated reliability, nuclear power is poised to playa greater role in the nation's energy future, producing clean, carbon-neutral electricity and contributing even more to our energy security. To nuclear scientists, the resurgence presents an opportunity to inject new technologies into the industry to maximize the benefits that nuclear energy can provide. 'By developing new options for waste management and exploiting new materials to make key technological advances, we can significantly impact the use of nuclear energy in our future energy mix,' says Chris Stanek, a materials scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Stanek approaches the big technology challenges by thinking way small, all the way down to the atoms. He and his colleagues are using cutting edge atomic-scale simulations to address a difficult aspect of nuclear waste -- predicting its behavior far into the future. Their research is part of a broader, coordinated effort on the part of the Laboratory to use its considerable experimental, theoretical, and computational capabilities to explore advanced materials central to not only waste issues, but to nuclear fuels as well.
Authors:
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  1. Los Alamos National Laboratory
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
956518
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-09-00271; LA-UR-09-271
TRN: US201014%%1887
DOE Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Innovations
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
Sponsoring Org:
DOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36; ELECTRICITY; ENERGY SOURCES; NUCLEAR ENERGY; NUCLEAR FUELS; NUCLEAR POWER; RADIOACTIVE WASTES; WASTE MANAGEMENT; WASTES