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    Matthew Emerson

    University of Iowa

    Graduate Student

     

    Synthesizing, purifying, and characterizingUsing 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.

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    Alexander Ivanov

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    ORNL Research Scientist I

    (865) 576-1753

    Developing and applying theoretical methods and X-ray/neutron scattering techniques to model and investigate ion pairing and coordination in molten salt systems.

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    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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    William Phillips

    Idaho National Laboratory

    Postgraduate Research Associate

     

    Studying the electronic and molecular structure of transition metal and lanthanide halides dissolved in molten salts using in-situ optical spectroscopic techniques.

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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

    Postdoctoral Research 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.

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    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

    Scientific Associate III

    (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.

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    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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    Fei Wu

    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. Exploring the fate of excess electrons in molten salts using ab initio molecular dynamics techniques.

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    Yi Xie

    Idaho National Laboratory

    Seaborg Disting'd Postdoc. Research Assoc.

    Performing studies of irradiated metals using advanced microscope techniques to understand the radiation effects.

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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 unusual systems.