Symposium S.CT03—Expanding the Frontiers of Actinide Materials Science Through Experiment and Theory
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 materials 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 and 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 10th Actinides Symposium at the meetings of the Materials Research Society. The previous nine were at Boston, San Francisco and Phoenix.