July 5, 2018
University of North Texas

UNT professor explores new and safer ways to store nuclear waste

UNT professor explores new ways to store nuclear waste

University of North Texas Department of Materials Science and Engineering professor Jincheng Du is working to develop new glass materials to store nuclear waste and, after experimenting with advanced modeling and characterizations, found that a gel layer that forms on the glass surface, has unique properties. This gel layer holds the key to long-term durability of nuclear waste storage.

“By combining a wide range of analytical techniques and advanced computer simulations, we have made great progress in understanding the important characteristics of the gel layer formed on the glass," said Du. "The gel layer prevents water transport and makes the glass chemically durable in the long term.” Read more.

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