The Nuclear Engineering (NE) Division conducts both theoretical and experimental research & development, engineering, and computation, with emphasis in nuclear technology and related sciences. Major areas include advanced reactor design and analysis, advanced materials studies, nuclear safety, reactor fuel cycle analysis, reactor physics, criticality safety, and environmental management. The Division also has significant capability in advanced simulation of multi-physics phenomena in support of advanced reactor development using leadership-class computers.
A major mission of the Division is in Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and National Security. The Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors (RERTR) program is an important area that has made significant contributions to global threat reduction. A primary objective of RERTR is the development of high density, low enrichment fuel that can be used to replace the current high-enrichment fuels in research and test reactors worldwide, thereby reducing the threat that these reactors could be subverted for a weapons program. Other program areas include export control, nuclear material control and accounting, nuclear and radiological material security, and information technology and security.
The Dismantlement, Deactivation, Decontamination, Decommissioning and Disposal (generally abbreviated as D&D) of aging nuclear facilities is a key area that addresses a large problem for the DOE, US nuclear utilities and international organizations. The development of new technologies and their demonstrations on surplus Argonne nuclear facilities and elsewhere form a key part of the work. In addition, there are a number of other areas in which technology development is being undertaken. These include sensor and detector technology, robotics, rad-waste technology and security, and laser applications.
List of Postdoctoral Projects
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