Dr. Jincheng Du has been awarded a Department of Energy (DOE) grant to study the corrosion and chemical durability of glasses through the Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP).
Dr. Jincheng Du has been awarded a Department of Energy (DOE) grant to study the corrosion and chemical durability of glasses through the Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP). Corrosion of glasses is prevalent and critical in a number of technological and engineering applications including long term nuclear waste disposals and their geological storage. Dr. Du and his group will use sophisticated computer simulations to understand the bulk and interfacial structure of multicomponent oxide glasses, their interaction and dissolution in aqueous environment, and diffusion behaviors in these materials. The study will generate reliable structural information and mechanistic understanding that can lead to predictive assessment of glasses for long term geological storage. Dr. Du will collaborate with Drs. Joe Ryan and Sebastien Kerisit of Pacific Northwest National Laboratories and Dr. Louis Criscenti of Sandia National Laboratories on this project. The total amount of the grant is $700,000, with $560,000 awarded to UNT and the rest to the national lab collaborators. Earlier in January 2014, Dr. Du hosted a DOE workshop on UNT campus with participants from five national laboratories and three universities to discuss the current status and challenges in the study of corrosion in glasses.