Center for Hierarchical Waste Form Materials (CHWM)



Hans‐Conrad zur Loye

Lead Institution

University of South Carolina




To develop the chemical understanding and hierarchical structure motifs needed to create materials for effectively immobilizing nuclear waste species in persistent architectures.

Research Topics

extreme environments, nuclear, separations, materials and chemistry by design, mesostructured materials, synthesis (novel systems), synthesis (predictive)

Systems Studied

Systems: oxide, ceramic, actinide

Interfaces: None

Nanostructured: None

Experimental and Theoretical Methods

X-ray diffraction and scattering, neutron diffraction and scattering, electron microscopy, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), 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 Michigan
  • University of South Carolina

BES Staff Contact

Philip Wilk, John Vetrano