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    Kaustubh K. Bawane

    Idaho National Laboratory

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

     

    Understanding molten salt corrosion mechanisms by analyzing salt-metal interfaces using advanced electron microscopy techniques including STEM-EDS, electron energy loss spectroscopy, precision electron diffraction, etc.

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    Luis Betancourt De Leon

    Brookhaven National Laboratory

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

     

    Using synchrotron tools to unravel short, intermediate and long-range structure environment in the speciation of metals in molten salts.

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    Matthew Emerson

    University of Iowa

    Graduate Student

     

    Using molecular dynamics, including polarizable force fields, to investigate the structures and transport properties of molten salts with an emphasis on scattering.

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    Phillip Halstenberg

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    Graduate Student

     

    Synthesizing, purifying, and characterizing molten salts.

  • photo of Kazuhiro Iwamatsu
    Kazuhiro Iwamatsu

    Brookhaven National Laboratory

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

    (631) 344-8367

    Conducting pulse radiolysis kinetics measurements of reactions in molten salts, including the yields of primary radiolytic transients and their reactions with metal ion solutes, reactions between intermediate product species and the kinetics and redox energetics of nanoparticle formation.

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    Bobby Layne

    Brookhaven National Laboratory

    Sr. Technical Specialist

    (631) 344-8367

    Designing and constructing elegant solutions to challenging molten salt sample containment problems in support of our synchrotron, electrochemical and pulse radiolysis experiments.

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    Xiaoyang Liu

    Stony Brook University

    Graduate Student

     

    Studying the effect of impurities on the metal and molten salt interaction using in situ synchrotron X-ray techniques including imaging, spectroscopy, and diffraction.

  • photo of Yuxiang Peng
    Yuxiang Peng

    Brookhaven National Laboratory

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

    (631) 344-8367

    Performing in-situ studies on interfacial and corrosion processes in molten salts using high temperature electrochemical cells coupled with synchrotron-based multi-modal X-ray techniques.

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    Alejandro Ramos-Ballesteross

    University of Notre Dame

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

     

    Solid-State Radiolysis. Steady-state electron irradiation of molten salts. Optical and magnetic properties of radiation-induced species.

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    Arthur Ronne

    Stony Brook University

    PhD Student

     

    Characterizing metal and molten salt interfaces using synchrotron x-ray imaging, microscopy and spectroscopy and diffraction techniques, with special attention payed to role of impurities at this interface. 

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    Santanu Roy

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    R & D Associate

    (865) 576-1753

    Performing ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of molten salts to investigate their structural and dynamical properties in bulk and at interfaces, including the development and applications of reaction rate theory to examine ion-pairing and ion-exchange processes in molten salts.

  • photo of Shobha Sharma
    Shobha Sharma

    University of Iowa

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

     

    Using molecular dynamics, including polarizable force fields to investigate the structures and transport properties of molten salts with an emphasis on scattering.

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    Mehmet Topsakal

    Brookhaven National Laboratory

    Associate Scientist

    (631) 344-5162

    Developing and employing advanced data analysis, machine learning techniques and first-principles simulations of core-level spectroscopy (XAS, XES, EELS) for the interpretation of complex ex-situ, in-situ, and operando measurements.

  • photo of Haimeng Wang
    Haimeng Wang

    University of Notre Dame

    Graduate Student

     

    Performing classical molecular dynamics simulations of molten salts to predict their structural, thermodynamic and dynamic properties.

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    Michael E. Woods

    Idaho National Laboratory

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

     

    Performing spectroscopy and electrochemistry experiments to study the electronic and molecular structure of lanthanides and transition metals in molten salts.

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    Lin-Chieh Yu

    Stony Brook University

    Graduate Student

     

    Performing studies of porous structure evolution during molten salt corrosion on alloys using X-ray synchrotron techniques.

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    Yong Zhang

    University of Notre Dame

    Senior Scientist

     

    Performing molecular dynamics studies of molten salts using classical force fields and developing and validating new force fields for these unsual systems.