Molten Salts in Extreme Environments (MSEE)


James Wishart

Lead Institution

Brookhaven National Laboratory




To provide a fundamental understanding of molten salt bulk and interfacial chemistry that will underpin molten salt reactor technology.

Research Topics

extreme environments, nuclear, defects, corrosion

Systems Studied

Systems: metal, actinide, electrolytes, ionic liquid

Interfaces: inorganic/inorganic, gas/liquid, liquid/solid

Nanostructured: None

Experimental and Theoretical Methods

X-ray diffraction and scattering, X-ray imaging, X-ray spectroscopy, neutron diffraction and scattering, electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, surface science, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), dynamical mean field theory (DMFT), monte carlo (MC), mesoscale modeling, multiscale modeling, machine learning

Partner Institutions

  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Idaho National Laboratory
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Stony Brook University
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Notre Dame

BES Staff Contact

Philip Wilk, John Vetrano