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Interfacial Dynamics in Radioactive Environments and Materials (IDREAM)

Interfacial Dynamics in Radioactive Environments and Materials (IDREAM)

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IDREAM Research Featured at the DOE Office of Science

(March  2019)

The innovative new approaches to handle legacy nuclear waste being conducted through IDREAM are featured in a March 2019 research highlight at the DOE's Office of Science. The feature article shines a spotlight on the Energy Frontier Research Center led by PNNL. The article is part of a series that explores how interdisciplinary science teams are tackling important scientific problems.

Cryogenic transmission electron microscopy

Nanocrystal study provides insights on growth, assembly, and aggregation

Findings address challenges in developing synthesis strategies for nanostructured materials

(January  2019)

New research from scientists at the Interfacial Dynamics in Radioactive Environments and Materials (IDREAM)Energy Frontier Research Centerhas found that aluminum oxyhydroxide (boehmite) nanoplatelets align and attach to form neatly ordered stacks, a novel findings that involved both experimental and computational research.

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Aluminum Complexes Identified Via Vibrational Fingerprints

Findings will allow complex forms of aluminum to be distinguished during aluminum processing

(January  2019)

New research from scientists at the Interfacial Dynamics in Radioactive Environments and Materials (IDREAM)Energy Frontier Research Center sorts out which compounds are present and their concentrations, providing an important new tool with broad applicability.

sequence defined peptoids

Understanding Principles Controlling Mineral Dissolution Far from Equilibrium

(December  2018)

Researchers at the Interfacial Dynamics in Radioactive Environments and Materials (IDREAM) Energy Frontier Research Center computed the first detailed free-energy landscape for the multistep dissolution of gibbsite.

Early Career Scientists, Huestis and Pope, Contribute Article to Frontiers Newsletter

Writers are Ph.D. candidates and members of IDREAM

(December  2018)

University of Notre Dame Ph.D. candidate Patricia Huestis teamed with WSU Ph.D. candidate Daniel Pope on an article for the national EFRC newsletter Frontiers in Energy Research.

Jaehun Chun

Jaehun Chun Gives Invited Talk to National Academies

(August  2018)

Congratulations to Jaehun Chun on his invited talk as a panelist at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine open data-gathering session on separation science.

Xin Zhang, portrait

Xin Zhang Named 2017 M. T. Thomas Award Recipient

Recognized for his outstanding creativity and productivity

(August  2018)

Xin Zhang received EMSL's 2017 M. T. Thomas Award for Outstanding Postdoctoral Achievement. He is a geochemistry postdoctoral research associate and a member of the Interfacial Dynamics in Radioactive Environments and Materials Energy Frontier Research Center.

Patricia Huestis, portrait

Patricia Huestis Explains Radiation's Roles in Energy Research

(July  2018)

Congratulations to Patricia Huestis on her latest article in Frontiers in Energy Research. In the article, Huestis explains how radiation in different forms inspires, assists, and drives diverse research. She brings in examples from six centers. She selected each example based on its ability to showcase a radiation-related process.

Diagram showing water interact with surface and microscopy image

Wet Aluminum Hydroxide and Oxyhydroxide Particles Release Hydrogen When Irradiated

Insights into metal's radiolytic behavior could ease final processing of nuclear waste

(June  2018)

Vitrifying nuclear waste for final storage is complicated by aluminum. Knowing how aluminum particles behave is vital. New research suggests that upon radiolysis, the bulk properties of humid aluminum particles do not change substantially but hydrogen is formed.

Elias Nakouzi, portrait

Elias Nakouzi Joins the 2017 Class of Pauling Fellows

(April  2018)

Congratulations to Dr. Elias Nakouzi on receiving one of PNNL's Linus Pauling Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowships. Known for his wide-ranging research into material formation, Nakouzi studies crystallization, growth aggregation, and assembly. With his colleagues at IDREAM, he is developing the tools needed to visualize and analyze the water-based layers that form where minerals meet liquids.

Tiecheng Zhou, portrait

Tiecheng Zhou Earns Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering

(March  2018)

Congratulations to Dr. Tiecheng Zhou, an IDREAM early career scientist, on receiving his doctorate in materials science and engineering from Washington State University. With IDREAM, Zhou focuses on quantifying the structural transition between tetrahedral and octahedral aluminum species in solution using a popular network analysis algorithm.

Paul Dabbar looks into a hot cell at the Radiochemical Processing Laboratory

IDREAM Center Discusses Nuclear Waste with DOE Under Secretary for Science

(March  2018)

Under Secretary Paul Dabbar and Chief of Staff Kristen Ellis toured Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and met with Sue Clark, Director of the IDREAM EFRC, to discuss interfacial chemistry in radioactive wastes.

IDREAM Research Center


Master molecular-to-mesoscale chemical and physical phenomena at interfaces in complex environments characterized by extremes in alkalinity and low-water activity, and driven far from equilibrium by ionizing radiation.

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