Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame

Sustainable and Secure Nuclear



Enough nuclear fuel exists for nuclear energy to be a sustainable source of energy for the world for 5000 years. Dramatic improvements in the nuclear fuel cycle are required to improve how society uses this resource, in fuel recycling technologies and conversion of fertile isotopes. Security of the nuclear fuel cycle is mandatory because of its potential to produce fuels for nuclear weapons, necessitating a robust ability for attribution through forensics analysis of pre- and post-detonation nuclear materials.

ND Energy is focused on the materials science of actinides, the fuels of nuclear energy, and the security of nuclear materials through development of forensic analyses.


Subcategories: Actinide Materials, Nuclear Forensics, Nuclear Physics, Nuclear Structures

Faculty Involved: Ani Aprahamian, Peter C. Burns, Ian Carmichael, Jeremy Fein, Amy Hixon, Colin Jessop, Yahya Kurama, Jay LaVerne, John LoSecco, Edward Maginn, Grant Mathews, Abigail Mechtenberg, Antonio Simonetti, Ashley Thrall

Partner Institute:  Materials Science of Actinides, Energy Frontier Research Center, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy