Center for Actinide Science & Technology (CAST)



Thomas Albrecht‐Schmitt

Lead Institution

Florida State University




To advance our understanding of how electronic structure and bonding control the properties of radioactive materials. This knowledge will aid in the development of nuclear technologies that enhance energy security, address nuclear legacy issues and environmental concerns, and foster the next generation of nuclear scientists.

Research Topics

nuclear, defects, mechanical behavior, corrosion, charge transport, superconductivity, magnetism and spin physics, separations, geophysics/geochemistry, materials and chemistry by design, synthesis (novel materials), synthesis (self-assembly), synthesis (predictive), synthesis (scalable processing)

Materials Studied

Materials: semiconductor, wide band-gap semiconductor, ceramic, glass, actinide, ionic liquid, porous

Interfaces: None

Nanostructured Materials: 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, ultrafast science, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), dynamical mean field theory (DMFT)


Partner Institutions

  • Florida International University 
  • Florida State University 
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • National High Magnetic Field Laboratory 
  • Purdue University 
  • University at Buffalo
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of Pennsylvania 

BES Staff Contact

Philip Wilk, John Vetrano