Center for Performance and Design of Nuclear Waste Forms and Containers (WastePD)



Gerald Frankel

Lead Institution

Ohio State University




to understand the fundamental mechanisms of waste form performance and apply that understanding to design new waste forms with improved performance.

Research Topics

extreme environments, nuclear, defects, corrosion, water, geophysics/geochemistry, materials and chemistry by design, synthesis (novel systems)

Systems Studied

Systems: metal, oxide, ceramic, glass, electrolytes

Interfaces: inorganic/inorganic, liquid/solid

Nanostructured: None

Experimental and Theoretical Methods

X-ray diffraction and scattering, electron microscopy, surface science, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), monte carlo (MC), multiscale modeling, machine learning, data science

Partner Institutions

  • Citrine
  • Commissariat à l'Energie
  • Louisiana State University
  • Ohio State University
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • QuesTek Innovations LLC
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Virginia

BES Staff Contact

Philip Wilk, John Vetrano