Materials Science and Technology 2014 (MS&T ’14)

12th October 2014 - 16th September 2014

Location: Pittsburgh

MS&T’14 is the most comprehensive forum for materials science and engineering technologies. Attendees learn from materials specialists, explore diverse materials applications, and experience the synergy of this materials community! MS&T crosses the boundaries of most materials events by bringing together a broad range of technical sessions and expertise through the strengths of four major materials organizations: The American Ceramic Society (ACerS), Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST), ASM International, and The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS). The expansive technical program is coupled with an impressive exhibition of innovative technologies with every industry in materials science represented.

Materials Issues in Nuclear Waste Management in the 21st Century Symposium at MS&T’14 –
Nuclear energy offers a viable solution to the increasing demand for electricity, global warming, air pollution, and dependence on imported oil. However, the increasing inventories of nuclear waste pose a significant environmental challenge. The expectations of waste form materials performance are stringent due to the need for long term stewardship of nuclear waste.” Nuclear waste comprises a variety of materials requiring different types of management to protect people and the environment. New or improved technologies and materials are needed to achieve safe and hazard-free generation, processing, storage, transport, and disposal of nuclear waste. In addition, a better scientific understanding of the processes and mechanisms underlying the long-term behaviour of waste forms is needed.

Our symposium will discuss fundamental and applied scientific topics related to materials issues in nuclear waste management. The symposium will feature the internationally renowned speakers and leading researchers investigating novel materials and technologies using experiments, theory, mathematical and physical modelling, and simulation.
Abstracts are solicited in (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Fundamental science of waste form performance
  • Glass, ceramics, cement-based forms
  • Long-term behaviour of waste forms in contact with water
  • Advanced waste-form technologies (e.g., vitrification, cementation, and grout)
  • Reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel
  • Advanced separations methods
  • Volatile radionuclide removal and immobilization
  • Nuclear waste container design and materials
  • Sequestration of high-level nuclear waste
  • Engineered barrier materials and design approaches
  • Migration and fate of radionuclides from the repository
  • Nuclear waste decay through transmutation
  • Fluid and reactive flow transport in and around subsurface environment

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