Science Thrust 3: Dynamics of Confined Electrolytes
Lead: Andrew Stack
Because the macroscale properties of slurries, such as rheology, originate in part from the molecular details that define the specific interactions between particles, ST3 will focus on understanding the structure and dynamics of alkaline electrolytes confined between particle surfaces. Specifically, ST3 will seek to understand the roles of interfacial water, hydroxide, dissolved impurities, and solutes confined between solid surfaces in controlling interparticle forces and discover how interfacial radiolysis affects these interactions.
3.1 Discover the molecular-scale influence of particle interactions on aggregation in the absence of radiation.
3.2 Understand the impact of interfacial radiolysis on the dynamics of particle interactions.