The University of South Carolina has been awarded an $8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to research new, sustainable ways to store hazardous nuclear waste.
Chemistry professor Hanno zur Loye told South Carolina Radio Network that the money will go a long way for their work. “The research is, I think, very pertinent to the state of South Carolina,” he said. “Where at (former nuclear warheads site) Savannah River, for example, we have a lot of nuclear waste that is waiting to be processed and stored for the long term.”
With this project, zur Loye said his team will work to develop and test new methods that include the use of specialized ceramics, metal-organic composite materials and nanoparticles to safely contain some of the most long-lasting forms of nuclear waste. That includes waste from power plants and nuclear weapons.
Zur Loye said the university will be working with other groups in this research. “Savannah River (Site) is one of our partners and we have a number of partners as part of this grant,” he said. “Several national laboratories, several other universities, as well as the French Atomic Energy Commission.”