Center for Hierarchical Waste Form Materials (CHWM)



Hans‐Conrad zur Loye

Lead Institution

University of South Carolina

Year Established



To combine experiment and modeling to develop the chemistry and structure motifs needed to create hierarchical materials that effectively immobilize nuclear waste in persistent architectures.

Research Topics

nuclear (including radiation effects), materials and chemistry by design, synthesis (novel materials), synthesis (self-assembly)

Materials Studied

Materials: oxide, glass, rare earth elements, actinide, porous

Interfaces: None

Nanostructured Materials: 0D

Experimental and Theoretical Methods

X-ray diffraction and scattering, X-ray spectroscopy, neutron diffraction and scattering, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), monte carlo (MC), mesoscale modeling, multiscale modeling


Partner Institutions

  • Alfred University
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Clemson University
  • Commissariat à l'Energie, France
  • Savannah River National Laboratory
  • Pacific Northwest Laboratory
  • University of Florida
  • University of South Carolina

BES Staff Contact

Philip Wilk

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