Energy Department Awards Grant for Fuel Cycle Research and Development

Energy Department Awards Grant for Fuel Cycle Research and Development


powerlinesNearly $192,000 of an $880,000 federal research grant awarded to the University of Kentucky will make its way to UD as part of a U.S. Department of Energy initiative. Sally Hicks, professor of physics, represents UD in a consortium of three universities and a national laboratory that has been formed to provide the necessary breadth for the three-year project focused on fuel cycle research and development.

This vast project, titled the "Elastic/Inelastic Measurement Project", requires many investigators, which is why there is a consortium of universities and a national laboratory, according to Hicks.

"The project will provide funding for UD undergraduate physics majors to participate in nuclear physics research during the next three years in collaboration with myself and scientists from the University of Kentucky and the United States Naval Academy."

Though the experimental work and the data analyses are shared, UD's role in the project is extensive because of the quality of the students participating in the project, she added.

"The neutron scattering data will provide important information for evaluators, theorists and engineers to provide safer, more energy efficient sources to help meet the future needs of our country."

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