Materials Science of Actinides (MSA)

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Peter Burns

Lead Institution

University of Notre Dame

Year Established



To conduct collaborative, multidisciplinary, novel and transformative research on actinide materials emphasizing actinide ceramic, metallic, hybrid, and nanoscale materials; effectively integrate experimental and computational approaches; and solve research questions that are critical to the energy future of the nation.

Research Topics

nuclear (including radiation effects), defects, corrosion, separations, mesostructured materials, materials and chemistry by design, synthesis (novel materials), synthesis (self-assembly), synthesis (scalable processing) 

Materials Studied

Materials: metal, oxide, polymer, ceramic, rare earth elements, actinide, porous

Interfaces: organic/oxide, metal/oxide, liquid/solid, solid/solid

Nanostructured Materials: 0D, 1D, 2D, 3D, nanocomposites

Experimental and Theoretical Methods

X-ray diffraction and scattering, X-ray imaging, X-ray spectroscopy, electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, surface science, neutron diffraction and scattering, laser diagnostics, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), monte carlo (MC), quantum mechanics, classical mechanics


Partner Institutions

  • George Washington University
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Oregon State University
  • Stanford University 
  • University of Akron
  • University of California Davis 
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Tennessee

BES Staff Contact

Philip Wilk