The University of Utah has joined the Interfacial Dynamics in Radioactive Environments and Materials (IDREAM) Energy Frontier Research Center as an institutional partner.
IDREAM is a partnership of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Argonne National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Washington, and now the University of Utah. This PNNL-led team of interdisciplinary researchers explores the complex chemistry related to retrieving and processing high-level radioactive waste at the Department of Energy's (DOE’s) Hanford and Savannah River sites.
IDREAM researchers also seek to resolve knowledge gaps that have perplexed industrial aluminum process chemists for more than a century. It is one of 41 EFRCs stewarded by the Basic Energy Sciences (BES) program in the DOE Office of Science.
One of IDREAM’s founding researchers, chemist Aurora Clark, transitioned this summer from Washington State University (WSU) to the University of Utah. Clark also is a PNNL laboratory fellow and a national leader in separations science. At the University of Utah, her computational chemistry research team collaborates with IDREAM partners on predicting and interpreting spectroscopic and scattering profiles of concentrated electrolytes.
WSU was an IDREAM institutional partner from the EFRC’s 2016 inception through July 2022. Collaborative research with WSU will continue, IDREAM Director Carolyn Pearce said.
“Our partnership with WSU has been hugely impactful for IDREAM, and many of our Early Career Network researchers are former WSU students and postdocs,” Pearce said. “We will continue our collaboration through our joint appointments and the WSU-PNNL Nuclear Science and Technology Institute.”
Several new leadership roles were also recently announced: