Research Areas

Separations and Analysis

This program accepts and reviews proposals continuously under the annual FOA entitled, “Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program.pdf file (377KB)”. However, new proposals must be received by November 15 to be guaranteed consideration for funding by the end of the fiscal year (September 30). Preproposals or white papers are strongly encouraged for all new proposals and should be submitted on-line well in advance. Instructions for pre-application submission are included in the annual FOA.

This research area supports fundamental separation science, broadly covering a variety of separation methodologies at the forefront of the DOE missions, including membrane processes, extraction under extreme conditions, and complexation, among others. Also supported is work to improve the sensitivity, reliability, and productivity of analytical determinations in support of separation science and to pursue innovative principles that will enable chemical analysis of complex separations environments, including methods that radically improve chemical selectivity and spatio-temporal resolution in dynamic systems. The overall goal is to obtain a thorough understanding, at molecular and nanoscale dimensions, of the basic chemical and physical principles involved in separations systems and analytical methods so that their full utility can be realized.

Separations are essential to nearly all operations in processing industries and fundamental separation science research is particularly critical to address contemporary issues of chemical processing in both the gas and liquid phases. Toward this aim, this portfolio includes research on light gases, ionic solutions and other complex mixture separations, focusing on underlying separation motifs that are broadly applicable beyond specific purposes. The fundamental research pursued in this portfolio underpins DOE’s nuclear stewardship responsibility; therefore, separation and analysis of transuranic fission and decay products are important components of the portfolio. Knowledge of molecular-level processes is required to characterize and process for final disposition complex radioactive mixtures, with a focus on existing legacy waste but also including future nuclear effluent.

To obtain more information about this research area, please see our Core Research Area descriptions and the proceedings of our Principal Investigators' Meetings. To better understand how this research area fits within the Department of Energy's Office of Science, please refer to the Basic Energy Science's organization chart .pdf file (132KB)and budget request.

For more information about this research area, please contact Dr. Philip Wilk (Acting Program Manager).

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