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18-Sep-2014
Factors underlying nuclear fuel swelling seen at nanoscale for first time
Understanding factors that drive nuclear fuel swelling will help engineers develop higher performance fuels, which could be even safer and more efficient than those used in current nuclear energy plants. As uranium atoms split to produce energy, fission products build up within fuel rods, which impacts nuclear fuel performance inside a reactor. But, a clear picture of the size and location of these solid fission products has been elusive until now.

Contact: Nicole Stricker
nicole.stricker@inl.gov
208-526-5955
DOE/Idaho National Laboratory

20-Aug-2014
Junior researchers showing world the way to advanced nuclear fuel design
Two early-career Idaho National Laboratory researchers are earning international attention for their groundbreaking work. They're getting a long-sought look into the 3-D microstructure of irradiated nuclear fuel, then feeding that data into cutting-edge fuel behavior models. Their work will make the design and testing of even safer nuclear fuels more informed and efficient.

Contact: Nicole Stricker
nicole.stricker@inl.gov
208-526-5955
DOE/Idaho National Laboratory

25-Jun-2014
A model for success
Idaho National Laboratory researcher Blaise Collin works with software called PARFUME (particle fuel model) as part of an effort to find new, safer fuel sources for use in nuclear reactors.

Contact: Nicole Stricker
nicole.stricker@inl.gov
208-526-5955
DOE/Idaho National Laboratory

12-May-2014
Industry research: Experiment enters next stage at new Idaho hot cell
To the average eye, the experimental specimens don't look like much: silver-colored squares about the size of a domino. But the samples represent several big milestones for Idaho National Laboratory, the Department of Energy and the US nuclear energy industry. The irradiated 'compact tension' specimens are the first to undergo analysis in a specialized test rig at INL. Plus, they're part of a first-of-its-kind collaboration through the DOE's Advanced Test Reactor National Scientific User Facility.

Contact: Nicole Stricker
nicole.stricker@inl.gov
208-526-5955
DOE/Idaho National Laboratory

25-Sep-2012
Student geothermal competitors tap Idaho expertise
Idaho's Snake River Plain was the focus of the US Department of Energy's National Geothermal Student Competition this year. Most of the eight finalist teams, which included three Idaho universities, visited Idaho and consulted with INL and Idaho experts.

Contact: Kortny Rolston
208-526-0962
DOE/Idaho National Laboratory

12-Jul-2012
Idaho researcher building used nuclear fuel sensor
Much of the 6,200 metric tons of used nuclear fuel generated by US power plants over the last 40 years is stored safely in giant stainless steel casks. Darryl Butt, a Boise State University professor, is part of a team researching whether it can be stored that way for at least 60 more.

Contact: Kortny Rolston
208-526-0962
DOE/Idaho National Laboratory

28-Mar-2012
Using equations to mine nuclear energy resources
INL research scientist Peter Zalupski is taking a modern approach to nuclear fuel recycling.

Contact: Nicole Stricker
208-526-5955
DOE/Idaho National Laboratory

21-Mar-2011
INL wind researchers test cool way to stretch capacity of existing power lines
Some Idaho National Laboratory wind power researchers think we can move more electricity through the transmission lines we already have without breaking the bank.

Contact: Nicole Stricker
208-526-5955
DOE/Idaho National Laboratory

11-Nov-2010
Students design mission to Mars at Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars academy
Designing a 500-day manned mission to Mars may sound like science fiction, but 44 high school students did just that as part of the first Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars academy this summer in Boise.

Contact: Marilyn Whitney
208-334-9572
DOE/Idaho National Laboratory

26-Jan-2010
INL helps students, researchers study wind energy
The wind turbines spinning outside Idaho schools are generating more than electricity.

Contact: Ryan Weeks
208-526-0111
DOE/Idaho National Laboratory

10-Dec-2009
Probing life's extremes in Yellowstone
Frank Roberto trawls Yellowstone's thermal pools for viruses and microbes. On a recent trip to the park, he hunted for bacteria that could aid in the production of biofuels and bioplastics.

Contact: Mike Wall
208-526-0111
DOE/Idaho National Laboratory

13-May-2009
A wealth of liquid fuel right under our feet
INL has partnered with Baard Energy to design one of the nation's first coal-to-liquids plants, a project that could help power the US transportation system without relying on foreign oil.

Contact: Nicole Stricker
208-526-5955
DOE/Idaho National Laboratory

25-Sep-2008
Idaho National Laboratory partners revitalizing BNCT research
As cancers go, glioblastoma multiforme is just about as bad as it gets.

Contact: Teri Ehresman
Teri.Ehresman@inl.gov
DOE/Idaho National Laboratory

23-Sep-2008
INL engineer's long-term nuclear fuel research pays off
Science doesn't happen overnight, and Idaho National Laboratory Fellow Dave Petti knows that better than many. His research has required a long-term commitment from him and his colleagues -- one that is starting to pay off as the products of their work are breaking barriers and receiving national consideration.

Contact: Teri Ehresman
Teri.Ehresman@inl.gov
DOE/Idaho National Laboratory

3-Mar-2004
INEEL helps design winter wonder bus
Yellowstone National Park may soon become more accessible in both winter and summer, thanks to collaborative efforts to develop a new alternative fuel vehicle.

Contact: Teri Ehresman
ehr@inel.gov
208-526-7785
DOE/Idaho National Laboratory

31-May-2002
Mapping the microbial world
Scientists are cataloguing and mapping the life inside Yellowstone’s hot pools. Hardy microorganisms ranging from emerald-green bacteria to fire-red rock slime have long fascinated microbiologists with their ability to live in the scalding hot water at Yellowstone National Park, the acidic ore deposits of abandoned mines or the salt pools of the Great Salt Lake.

Contact: Daphne Stoner
dstoner@inel.gov
208-526-8786
DOE/Idaho National Laboratory

1-May-2002
BechteLink delivers tools to the field engineer
Improving engineering, procurement and construction processes in the field through advanced information technologies is the backbone of an INEEL project called BechteLink. According to National Security's Advanced Information and Communication System employee Greg Miller, BechteLink's goal is to 'provide unfettered access to knowledge.'

Contact: Greg Miller
millgv@inel.gov
208-526-4697
DOE/Idaho National Laboratory

31-Jan-2002
Down-to-earth scientist
One of the first scientists hired for INEEL's Subsurface Science Initiative uses engineering, chemistry and some creative thinking to get under the earth's skin.

Contact: George Redden
reddgd@inel.gov
208-526-0765
DOE/Idaho National Laboratory

1-Jan-2002
Creating a robot colony
Scientists at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory are creating an army of small robots--a fleet of inexpensive mini-robots designed to work harmoniously to perform tasks too hazardous or just downright boring for humans. Simple biological societies, such as ant colonies and beehives, serve as handy models for creating large groups of small, disposable robots.

Contact: Donald Dudenhoeffer
dudedd@inel.gov
208-526-0700
DOE/Idaho National Laboratory

1-Nov-2001
Backyard bacteria rout a stubborn toxin
In a portion of fractured basalt more than 200 feet below the surface of the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory lies a highly concentrated sludge of the heavy liquid toxin trichloroethene (TCE). INEEL engineers are determined to rid the rock of the toxic solvent which, over more than 30 years, has gradually leached into the groundwater of the Snake River aquifer.

Contact: Teri Ehresman
ehr@inel.gov
208-526-7785
DOE/Idaho National Laboratory

31-Oct-2001
Idaho Accelerator Center leads the way in research and education
The Idaho Accelerator Center stands as a monument to the future--using science to develop devices to further national security, healthcare, and business.

Contact: James Jones
jlj@inel.gov
208-526-1730
DOE/Idaho National Laboratory

1-Oct-2001
New instrument effective in detecting chemical weapons
Researchers at DOE’s Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory can now detect part-per-million levels of chemical warfare agents chemical warfare agents such as the blister agent HD or the nerve agent VX on soil or plant surfaces within 5 to 10 minutes using a new ion-trap secondary ion mass spectrometer.

Contact: Garold Gresham
vrn@inel.gov
208-526-6684
DOE/Idaho National Laboratory

1-May-2001
Solving a 'boring' problem
Scientists and engineers at the INEEL and the University of Arkansas have developed two technologies that may ultimately enable safer and more economical oil and gas deep-ocean exploration.

Contact: David Weinberg
weinbe@inel.gov
208-526-4274
DOE/Idaho National Laboratory

1-Mar-2001
Science fiction becomes science reality
Who dreams up James Bond's toys? 007 and his gadgets may be a creation of Ian Fleming and Hollywood but those imaginative fellows do exist. A few of them work in INEEL's National Security Division. And there is a government organization that sponsors some of their projects - the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Contact: Mike Occhionero
occhmp@inel.gov
208-526-1535
DOE/Idaho National Laboratory

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