NSLS-II Friday Lunchtime Seminar

"Underpinning the nuclear fuel cycle with synchrotron and laboratory based X-ray absorption spectroscopy"

Presented by Neil Hyatt, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

Friday, November 8, 2019, 12:00 pm — NSLS-II Bldg. 743 Room 156

Nuclear energy provides about 30% of the world's low carbon electricity supply, from more than 450 civil nuclear reactors. The supporting nuclear fuel cycle comprises a suite of industrial processes, which transform uranium ore into nuclear fuel, and support reactor operations, decommissioning, waste management, and geological disposal. This seminar will highlight three case studies in the application of X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) in the nuclear fuel cycle, embracing environmental contamination, nuclear forensics, and radioactive waste management. In addition to exploitation of state of the art micro-focus multi-modal beamlines at synchrotron light sources, I will also show how we are using new developments in laboratory based XAS instrumentation, to probe element speciation in nuclear materials.

Hosted by: Ignace Jarrige

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