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EFRC win underscores PNNL nuclear capabilities

The Department of Energy has selected Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to lead a new Energy Frontier Research Center. The center will apply basic science to better understand radiation impacts on—and aging of—materials and constituents in radioactive waste stored in tanks at DOE sites. The announcement was made by DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz in mid-July.

"If we can understand the aging process, we can possibly reduce the time and expense of characterizing the waste and accelerate its processing for disposal," says Sue Clark, who leads the new EFRC. The center will be known as iDREAM, or Interfacial Dynamics in Radioactive Environments and Materials. The iDREAM team is made up of researchers from PNNL, Washington State University, University of Washington, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Notre Dame, City College of New York and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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