Center for Hierarchical Waste Form Materials (CHWM)



Hans‐Conrad zur Loye

Lead Institution

University of South Carolina




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, materials and chemistry by design, synthesis (novel materials), synthesis (predictive)

Materials Studied

Materials: oxide, glass, actinide, porous

Interfaces: None

Nanostructured Materials: None

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

BES Staff Contact

Philip Wilk, John Vetrano