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Symposium SF02-Actinide Materials

Actinide materials exhibit unique and diverse electronic, transport, and chemical properties, largely resulting from the complexity of their 5f electronic structure. This Symposium will focus on a range of topics in physics, chemistry, and materials science of actinides that are of contemporary interest. Emphasis will be on 5f electronic and magnetic characteristics; synthesis; surface science; radiation damage and Pu aging; bulk, thin-film, and nanoparticle properties; and applications of each to nuclear energy and security-related issues. The role of fundamental and targeted actinide science in resolving challenges in actinide materials processing and environmental and technical issues with actinide materials will be stressed, particularly regarding energy applications, including novel nuclear fuels and structural materials, waste remediation, and waste disposal. Experimental approaches, including state-of-the-art techniques and synchrotron radiation- and neutron-based investigations, as well as theoretical modeling, are parts of the Symposium. Actinide issues related to nuclear forensics, non-proliferation, security, and the renaissance in nuclear energy, including fuel synthesis, oxidation, corrosion, actinide stability in extreme environments and biological media, prediction of properties via simulations, separation science, and environmental impact are all critical to the future of actinide science that will be discussed herein. The previous eleven Actinide Symposia were held in Boston, San Francisco, Phoenix, Seattle, and most recently in Honolulu (Spring 2022).

Topics will include:

  • Actinide and actinide process chemistry
  • 5f electronic structure and emerging electronic behaviors including strong electron-electron correlations, heavy-fermions, magnetism, and superconductivity
  • Synthesis and characterization of actinide materials including nanoparticles
  • Actinide materials in extreme conditions (radiation damage, pressure, aging, and others)
  • Surface science, oxidation, and corrosion
  • Radiation damage, aging and related physical properties
  • Theory, modeling, and simulations
  • Nuclear forensics, safeguards, and stewardship
  • Energy applications, nuclear fuels, waste remediation, and waste disposal
  • Advanced characterization techniques and actinide science at user facilities
  • Actinide environmental science

Invited Speakers (tentative):

  • Rebecca Abergel (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
  • Ana Arteaga (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
  • Peter Burns (University of Notre Dame, USA)
  • Nick Butch (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
  • Scott Donald (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA)
  • Thomas Dumas (Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives, France)
  • Krzysztof Gofryk (Idaho National Laboratory, USA)
  • Lingfeng He (North Carolina State University, USA)
  • Sarah Hickam (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA)
  • Greg Horne (Idaho National Laboratory, USA)
  • Gabe Kotliar (Rutgers University, USA)
  • Karen Kruska (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
  • Marisa Monreal (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA)
  • Liane Moreau (Washington State University, USA)
  • Paul Roussel (Atomic Weapons Establishment, United Kingdom)
  • Babak Sadigh (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA)
  • Jenifer Shafer (Colorado School of Mines, USA)
  • Thorsten Stumpf (Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Germany)
  • Valerie Vallet (University of Lille, France)
  • Jennifer Wacker (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
  • Angela Wilson (Michigan State University, USA)
  • Richard Wilson (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
  • Tsuyoshi Yaita (SPring-8, Japan)

Symposium Organizers

David Shuh
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
No Phone for Symposium Organizer Provided , DKShuh@lbl.gov

Edgar Buck
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
No Phone for Symposium Organizer Provided , Edgar.Buck@pnnl.gov

Sarah Hernandez
Los Alamos National Laboratory
No Phone for Symposium Organizer Provided , hernansc@lanl.gov

Evgenia Tereshina-Chitrova
Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Czech Republic
No Phone for Symposium Organizer Provided , teresh@fzu.cz

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