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Back to the Future: Can Nuclear Energy Save the World?

NSE alums Leslie Dewan and Mark Massie's battle against climate change.

The Brookings Essay


Venture Capitalists Return to Backing Science Start-Ups

NSE alum Leslie Dewans’ Transatomic, supoorted by Silicon Valley venture capitalists

New York Times


NSE’s Mujid Kazimi quoted on cross shaped helical fuel

A new type of fuel rod for nuclear reactors could boost power output as much as 17%. The rods, developed by nuclear engineering company Virginia-based Lightbridge, are shaped from zirconium/uranium alloy with a cross configuration and spiral shape that boosts their contact area with water. Upcoming tests will determine whether the new rods are safe

Technology Review


NSE’s Yildiz playing key role in Mars 2020 mission

Whenever the first NASA astronauts arrive on Mars, they will likely have MIT to thank for the oxygen they breathe — and for the oxygen needed to burn rocket fuel that will launch them back home to Earth.

ABC News (Australian), Boston Globe, New York Times, Phys.org, Sky News


NSE’s nuclear fusion research revived

MIT’s fusion research team gained new life with Congressional restoration of $22.5 million in the 2014 US budget.

Slice of MIT


Floating nuclear plants: Is the future of nuclear offshore?

A team of NSE researchers has presented an alternative nuclear reactor — one that floats on water. Although floating nuclear reactors at sea have some benefits, there are concerns with surrounding marine life and terrorism threats in the context of a post-Fukushima world.

CS Monitor


NSE’s fusion program at the center of political power play

MIT’s prized fusion reactor was dead; its federal funding axed. Then its political allies went to work.

Boston Globe


Transatomic Power’s safer reactor eats nuclear waste

NSE alums’ startup tackles lowering the cost of nuclear energy.

Bloomberg Business Week


NSE’s R. Scott Kemp on rethinking nuclear security efforts

Professor Kemp argues that the barriers to weapon acquisition today are not technological.

phys.org, Technology Review, World News,


NSE’s Jacopo Buongiorno outlines the benefits of offshore small modular reactors

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have proposed a tsunami-proof nuclear concept that combines current reactor technology with a rig similar to those used in oil and gas. MIT’s Jacopo Buongiorno outlines the benefits.

Nuclear Energy Insider


NSE’s Jacob DeWitte, Leslie Dewan, Mark Massie are reimagining nuclear power

Two startups with roots in MIT's Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering are hoping to revive the nuclear power industry. Their technologies aim to solve issues that have bedeviled nuclear power for decades: safety, cost, and radioactive waste.

Boston Globe


NSE team’s floating nuclear plants could ride out tsunamis

Professor Jacopo Buongiorno and a team from are working on a new power plant design could provide enhanced safety, easier siting, and centralized construction.

The Atlantic, Discovery News, The Economist, engadget, Gizmodo, International Business Times, WIRED, World Nuclear News


NSE’s Leslie Dewan: thorium has significant safety advantages.

Both SMRs and thorium have features that make them more attractive than traditional plants. Although few countries are experimenting with the element, it is more abundant than uranium. The World Nuclear Association estimates the world's thorium supply at more than 5.3 million tons. Thorium's qualities make it easier to contain in the event of a reactor malfunction.

CNBC


NSE’s Li and Yildiz lead the new field of “strain engineering”

The new NSE-led field of “strain engineering” could open up areas of materials research with many potential applications.

Azom, R & D Magazine


NSE’s Anne White Receives Junior Bose teaching award

Professor Anne E. White, an assistant professor in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering received the 2014 Junior Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching, the MIT News Office reported on February 26.

The Tech


NSE’s Jacopo Buongiorno comments on future nuclear power plant in Kazakhstan

“Modern nuclear plants can be designed to safely withstand and very severe natural events such as earthquake, floods, tornadoes, etc.”

Trend


NSE’s Mujid Kazimi responds to call to shut down nuclear power plants

The suggestion by Prof. Emeritus Ernst Frankel in the November/December issue of the MIT Faculty Newsletter regarding nuclear energy, “There is No More Need for Nuclear Power Plants in the USA”, could not be any more wrong. If we did not have nuclear power, we would have had to invent it in order to supply the future generations with an assured supply of energy without increasing the danger from global warming or making the electric grid highly unreliable.

MIT Faculty Newsletter


Funds put NSE’s fusion research back on track

With the push of a button Monday, researchers at MIS resumed efforts to try to harness the process that powers the sun — nuclear fusion — in the hope of developing a stable, nonpolluting source of energy.

With the money restored in the 2014 federal budget, signed recently by President Obama, MIT restarted the Alcator C-Mod, a mini fusion reactor housed at the Plasma Science and Fusion Center.

The Boston Globe, boston.com, WBUR,


Restored Federal Funding Re-Energizes MIT’s Fusion Center

The Alcator C-Mod experiment at the Plasma Science and Fusion Center was shut down for more than a year due to federal budget cuts. But scientists are once again at work, creating and controlling the energy of the stars, and possibly the power source for our planet’s future.

Morning Edition, WBUR


NSE’s Neil Todreas addresses nuclear power’s role in responding to climate change in a letter to the environmental community

In a recent open letter to the environmental community published in the New York Times, four leading nuclear experts — three of them with connections to NSE — have called for a major role for nuclear energy in the effort to reduce the risks of global climate change. Neil Todreas, Professor Emeritus of Nuclear Science and Engineering, Andrew Kadak, formerly Professor of the Practice in NSE, and Richard Meserve, previously chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and a current member of the NSE Visiting Committee, were joined by Richard Wilson, Professor Emeritus of Physics at Harvard as co-signers of the letter, which endorses an earlier, similar letter to the environmental community written by four leading climate scientists.

New York Times, NEI Nuclear Notes


NSE’s Paola Cappellaro develops a new method to control nanoscale diamond sensors

Paola Cappellaro’s team in MIT’s Quantum Engineering Group has developed a new method to control nanoscale diamond sensors, which are capable of measuring even very weak magnetic fields.

AZnano, R & D Magazine


NSE’s Jacob DeWitte is one of Forbes magazine’s 30 under 30 changing the world

Jacob DeWitte’s UPower aims to develop a portable solid-state nuclear generator churning out 1.75 megawatts of power that could, in theory, provide 12 years of energy without needing refueling and offer a 50% savings over diesel.

Forbes


NSE’s Leslie Dewan is one of TIME magazine’s 30 under 30 changing the world

Leslie Dewan’s planned Waste-Annihilating Molten-Salt Reactor could have a major impact on the energy sector. The innovative design, which she developed with NSE's Mark Massie, mixes nuclear material with molten salt to contain reactions and reduce both waste and the risk of a meltdown.

TIME


NSE’s Leslie Dewan and Mark Massie, cofounders of Transatomic Power, cited in Scientific American post discussing the need for innovation in nuclear power

The goal of Transatomic Power is to design a reactor that can generate power from nuclear waste, thus addressing the twin issues of clean energy and nuclear waste removal at the same time. The reactor which is a molten salt reactor lives off the preponderance of energy trapped in unfissioned reactor fuel from light water reactors

Scientific American


NSE’s Charles Forsberg proposes “hybrid” nuclear plants

Many efforts to smooth out the variability of renewable energy sources — such as wind and solar power — have focused on batteries, which could fill gaps lasting hours or days. Charles Forsberg has come up with a much more ambitious idea: He proposes marrying a nuclear powerplant with another energy system, which he argues could add up to much more than the sum of its parts.

The Amalgest


NSE’s Jacopo Buongiorno’s research on magnetic nanoparticles

Particles suspended in cooling water could prevent hotspots in nuclear plant cooling systems and electronics. Cooling systems generally rely on water pumped through pipes to remove unwanted heat. Now, Jacopo Buongiorno, Tom McKrell, and Lin-wen Hu at MIT, and researchers in Australia have found a way of enhancing heat transfer in such systems by using magnetic fields, a method that could prevent hotspots that can lead to system failures. The system could also be applied to cooling everything from electronic devices to advanced fusion reactors, they say.

domain-b, Electronics Cooling, Headlines and Global News, Innovation Report, Science Daily, Semiconductor Engineering, Quest, World Industrial Reporter


NSE’s Emilio Baglietto’s research on modelling of pebble beds

Emilio Baglietto has been running large computations simulating a limited-size randomly-stacked pebble bed containing about 30 pebbles to give insights into the core behaviour of the new generation of pebble-bed high-temperature reactors.

Nuclear Engineering International


NSE’s Dennis Whyte comments on Imelda Marcos’s $829 billion idea to save the world

Imelda Marcos wants to save the world, albeit stylishly. Wearing a simple, discreet slide sandal, the 84-year-old former first lady of the Philippines greets a visitor to her spacious, memento-laden Manila apartment with a surprise: Before reminiscing about politics, fashion, or her years in and out of power, she wants to talk seriously about energy.

Bloomberg Businessweek


NSE’s Bilge Yildiz’s research on pyrite

Pyrite — perhaps better known as “fool’s gold” for its yellowish metallic appearance — is a common, naturally occurring mineral. It holds promise as a high-tech material, with potential uses in solar cells, spintronic devices and catalysts, but is also a byproduct of corrosion of steel in deep-sea oil and gas wells. Both its potential usefulness in devices and its role in corrosion are largely influenced by the fundamental electronic properties of its surface — which have remained relatively unexplored.

Chromatography Techniques


NSE’s Ron Ballinger on the MIT ROTC Oversight Committee

“We wanted to find something to recognize the soldiers who have been past MIT students,” says MIT ROTC Oversight Committee member Ronald Ballinger, a professor of nuclear science and engineering and materials science and engineering who served in the Navy from 1965 to 1972.

MIT News


NSE’s R. Scott Kemp’s research on North Korea’s nuclear program

The recent study, in collaboration with Joshua Pollack, found that North Korean can make gas centrifuges without imported components to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons.

The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Arms Control Wonk, Reuters


NSE student entrepreneurs: Leslie Dewan and Jacob DeWitt

Leslie Dewan of Transatomic Power and Jacob DeWitt of UPower are designing safer, cheaper nuclear reactors.

TIME


NSE’s Richard Lester discusses the future of nuclear energy on NPR

NPR: Here and Now

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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