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Symposium SF02—Actinide Materials—From Basic Science to Applications

Actinide materials exhibit many unique and diverse electronic, transport, and chemical properties, due in large part to the complexity of their 5f electronic structure. This Symposium will focus on the physics, chemistry, and materials science of the actinide materials. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the 5f magnetic and electronic behaviors, surface sciences, radiation damage and Pu aging, and bulk, thin-film, and nanoparticle properties and their applications to nuclear energy and security related issues. Fundamental actinide science and its role in resolving challenges in environmental and technical issues with actinide materials will be stressed, particularly regarding energy applications, including energy generation, novel nuclear fuels and structural materials, waste remediation, and waste disposal. Both basic and applied experimental approaches, including state-of-the-art experimental techniques and synchrotron-radiation-based and neutron-based investigations, as well as theoretical modeling and numerical simulations, are parts of the Symposium. Several important issues related to non-proliferation, homeland security, nuclear forensics, and the potential renaissances in Nuclear Energy, 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 will also be discussed. This would be the 11th Actinides Symposium at the meetings of the Material Research Society. The previous ten were held in Boston, San Francisco, Phoenix, and Seattle.

Topics will include:

  • 5f electronic structure and emerging electronic behaviors including strong electron-electron correlations, heavy-fermions, magnetism, and superconductivity
  • Synthesis and characterizations of actinide materials
  • Theory, modeling, and simulations
  • Actinide chemistry and Environmental science
  • Surface science, oxidation, corrosion
  • Radiation damage, aging and related physical properties
  • Nuclear forensics
  • Advanced spectroscopies and actinide science at user facilities
  • Energy applications, nuclear fuels, waste remediation and waste disposal
  • A tutorial complementing this symposium is tentatively planned.

Invited Speakers (tentative):

  • Thomas Albrecht-Schmitt (Florida State University, USA)
  • Polly Arnold (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
  • Nick Butch (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
  • Ken Czerwinski (TerraPower, LLC., USA)
  • Franz Freibert (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA)
  • Thomas Gouder (European Commission Joint Research Centre, Germany)
  • Itzhak Halevy (Nuclear Research Center Negev, Israel)
  • Fuminori Honda (Tohoku University, Japan)
  • Jason Jeffries (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA)
  • Colin Judge (Idaho National Laboratory, USA)
  • Shinsaku Kambe (Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Japan)
  • Jindrich Kolorenc (The Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic)
  • Dominik Legut (Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic)
  • Boris Maiorov (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA)
  • Emily Moore (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA)
  • Chris Stanek (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA)
  • Eteri Svanidze (Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Germany)
  • James Tobin (University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, USA)
  • Dan Wachs (Idaho National Laboratory, USA)
  • Maria Wallenius (European Commission Joint Research Centre, Germany)

Symposium Organizers

Krzysztof Gofryk
Idaho National Laboratory

Ladislav Havela
Charles University
Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
Czech Republic

Per Söderlind
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Paul Tobash
Los Alamos National Laboratory

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