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SRNL Hosts Actinide Chemistry Short Course
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Actinide Chemistry Short CourseAIKEN, S.C. (July 28, 2010) – To help expand the pool of talent interested in nuclear sciences, SRNL this week hosted an "Actinide Chemistry Short Course" at the Center for Hydrogen Research near New Ellenton, which about 50 nuclear scientists from the U.S. and abroad attended.

The actinides are a group of chemical elements that includes uranium and plutonium.

The course was sponsored by the Materials Science of Actinides Energy Frontier Research Center, which is led by the University of Notre Dame and comprises five universities and four national laboratories. This Center is one of 46 founded by the Department of Energy to address energy and science "grand challenges" in a broad range of research areas. Of the 46, 16 (including this one) were fully funded for five years, at an average per Center of $17 million, by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through DOE's Office of Science.

These centers are a means to enlist the talent and skills of the very best scientists and engineers to address current fundamental scientific roadblocks to U.S. energy security, DOE's Web site explains.

Topics addressed during the course ranged from uranium mineralogy to SRS's high-level waste system to nuclear fuel reprocessing. The students were similarly diverse, including undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral associates and early-career professionals.

"Nuclear power is an important part of our energy future," said SRNL's Dr. David Hobbs, one of the organizers. "We hope to interest the next generation of researchers in actinide science, which is key to that development. That's one reason this Energy Frontier Research Center is so important."

SRNL is DOE's applied research and development national laboratory at SRS. SRNL puts science to work to support DOE and the nation in the areas of environmental management, national and homeland security, and energy security. The management and operating contractor for SRS and SRNL is Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC.

Media contact: Will Callicott (803-725-3786 or or Angeline French (803-725-2854 or at SRNL.

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