Sustainable and Secure Nuclear

Enough nuclear fuel exists for nuclear energy to be a sustainable source of energy for the world for 5,000 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.


Actinide Materials, Nuclear Forensics, Nuclear Physics, Nuclear Structures

Partner Institution 

The Materials Science of Actinides (MSA), Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC), funded by the U.S. Department of Energy since 2009 will conduct collaborative, multidisciplinary, novel and transformative research on actinide materials emphasizing actinide ceramic, metallic, hybrid, and nanoscale materials; effectively integrate experimental and computational approaches; and solve research questions that are critical to the energy future of the nation. For more information about MSA EFRC:

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