Interfacial Dynamics in Radioactive Environments and Materials (IDREAM)



Carolyn Pearce

Lead Institution

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory




To master interfacial chemistry in complex environments characterized by extremes in alkalinity and low-water activity, where molecular phenomena are driven far from equilibrium by ionizing radiation.

Research Topics

extreme environments, nuclear, separations, water, geophysics/geochemistry, synthesis (novel systems), synthesis (predictive), synthesis (scalable processing)

Systems Studied

Systems: electrolytes, ionic liquid

Interfaces: inorganic/inorganic, liquid/solid

Nanostructured: None

Experimental and Theoretical Methods

X-ray imaging, X-ray spectroscopy, neutron diffraction and scattering, neutron spectroscopy, electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, ultrafast science, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), mesoscale modeling, multiscale modeling, machine learning

Partner Institutions

  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Washington
  • Washington State University

BES Staff Contact

Philip Wilk, John Vetrano