2018 MRS Spring Meeting

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Accepting New Late Breaking Abstracts
December 1, 2017—January 11, 2018 (11:59 pm ET)


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Symposium EN07—Issues, Challenges and Opportunities in Actinide Materials

Actinides exhibit many unique and diverse physical, chemical and magnetic properties, due in large part to the complexity of their 5f electronic structure. This Symposium will concentrate upon the chemistry, physics and material science in the Actinide materials, driven by the 5f electronic structure. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the 5f magnetic structure, surface science, Pu aging and radiation damage, and bulk, thin film and nanoparticle properties and their applications to nuclear security, and energy and medically related issues. Fundamental actinide science and its role in resolving environmental, medical and technical challenges posed by actinide materials will be stressed, particularly with regard to energy applications, including energy generation, novel nuclear fuels and structural materials, waste remediation and waste disposal, but also with regard to medical applications, including the use of new therapeutic and diagnostic isotopes and novel processes for production and pharmaceutical formulations. Both basic and applied experimental approaches, including synchrotron- radiation-based and neutron-based investigations, as well as theoretical modeling computational simulations, are to be part of the Symposium. Of particular importance are the issues connected to non-proliferation, homeland security, nuclear forensics and the potential renaissances in Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Medicine, including fuel synthesis, oxidation, corrosion, intermixing, stability in extreme environments and biological media, prediction of properties via bench-marked simulations, separation science, formulation science, environmental impact and disposal of waste products. This would be the 9th Actinides Symposium at the meetings of the Material Research Society. The previous eight were at Boston, San Francisco and Phoenix.

Topics will include:

  • Fundamental actinide science and its role in resolving environmental, medical and technical challenges posed by actinide materials
  • Both basic and applied experimental approaches, including synchrotron- radiation-based and neutron-based investigations, as well as theoretical modeling computational simulations
  • Pu aging and radiation damage, non-proliferation, homeland security, nuclear forensics and the potential renaissances in Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Medicine
  • Energy applications, including energy generation, novel nuclear fuels and structural materials, waste remediation and waste disposal
  • Nuclear fuel synthesis, oxidation, corrosion, intermixing, stability in extreme environments and biological media, prediction of properties via bench-marked simulations, separation science, formulation science, environmental impact and disposal of waste products
  • Medical applications, including the use of new therapeutic and diagnostic isotopes and novel processes for production and pharmaceutical formulations.
  • 5f electronic and magnetic structure, 5f electron correlation, 5f bonding and covalency
  • Bulk, surface, thin film and nanoparticle properties and their applications to nuclear security, energy and medically related issues

Invited Speakers:

  • Rebecca Abergel (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
  • Cathy Cutler (Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA)
  • Thomas Gouder (Institute forTransUranics (ITU)-Karlsruhe, Germany)
  • Ladislav Havela (Charles University, Czech Republic)
  • Stepan Kalmykov (The Lomonosov State University, Russian Federation)
  • Gerry Lander (Institute Laue Langevin, France)
  • Boris Maiorov (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA)
  • Klaus Mayer (Institute for TransUranics (ITU)-Karlsruhe, Germany)
  • H. Georg Schreckenbach (University of Manitoba, Canada)
  • David Shoesmith (Western University, Canada)
  • Dimosthenis Sokaras (Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, USA)
  • Shuao Wang (Soochow University, China)

Symposium Organizers

JG Tobin
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Physics and Astronomy
USA
920-424-4430, tobinj@uwosh.edu

Lee Davisson
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
USA
925-422-1100, davisson2@llnl.gov

Kristina Kvashnina
European Synchrotron Radiation Facility
France

Jeremy Mitchell
Los Alamos National Laboratory
USA
505-665-3934, jeremy@lanl.gov

Keywords for Abstract Submission

5f electronic structure, Chemistry, Physics, Material Science, Energy Generation and Nuclear Fuels, Medical Applications and Pharmaceutics, Nonproliferation, Nuclear Forensics and Security, Pu Aging and Radiation Damage, Waste Remediation and Disposal