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Workshop 5:  Molten Salt Properties, Structures and Interfaces Under Extreme Environments

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Organizer(s): James Wishart (Chemistry/BNL), Simon Pimblott (Deputy Director, Energy Frontier Center on Molten Salts in Extreme Environments, INL), Shannon Mahurin (Chemical Sciences Division, ORNL), Lynne Ecker (Nuclear Science and Technology/BNL)

Location: Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) Bldg. 735


Molten salts (MS) are proposed as liquid fuels and/or coolants in advanced nuclear reactor designs. Due to their nature as ionic fluids, MS have structural and dynamical correlations distinct from those of uncharged molecular or atomic liquids. Further technological advances require a better understanding of the structural characteristics of pure MS, MS with dissolved metal ions (such as actinides and fission products), and their interactions with metal surfaces leading to corrosion. Synchrotron and microscopy methods will continue to provide fundamental, atomic-level understanding of bulk and interfacial molten salts. This workshop will highlight current research on microscopy and synchrotron x-ray spectroscopy, scattering and imaging techniques to understand bulk structure and interfacial properties and reactions in molten salts. Developments in experimental methods, such as new in situ, high-temperature environmental chambers and time-resolved PDF and spectroscopy will be included in the program. Progress in data analysis and the use of simulations to interpret observations along with the use of multiple, complimentary techniques will be emphasized.


Boris Khaykovich, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Wilson K.S.Chiu, University of Connecticut
Dev Chidambaram, University of Nevada at Reno
Gerald Seidler, University of Washington
Chris Benmore, Argonne National Laboratory
Mathieu Doucet, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Lingfeng He, Idaho National Laboratory
Apurva Mehta, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Simerjeet Gill, Brookhaven National Laboratory
Karen Chen-Wiegart, Stony Brook University

Please check back soon for the workshop agenda.