[Editor's note: This article first appeared on the Oak Ridge National Laboratory website. ORNL has provided Mines Newsroom with permission to re-share it here.] By Jeremy Rumsey, Oak Ridge National
“This proof-of-concept work could provide a useful starting point for the design of future materials for reversible gas storage,” Mines PhD candidate James M. Crawford said.
"A critical challenge facing the practical implementation of fusion power is the effective and safe management of tritium," said Mines' Colin Wolden, lead investigator on the new $1.4 million ARPA-E project with Idaho National Laboratory.
Applied chemistry PhD student Sarah Zaccarine will be doing electrolyzer degradation studies at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory as part of her graduate thesis research.
“The core of the existing relationship between Mines and NREL is materials science for renewable energy," said Ryan M. Richards, professor of chemistry and the Mines lead of Nexus. "Through this seed funding, we were able to create new connections from Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Petroleum Engineering, Civil Engineering."
The American Energy Society rankings recognized Mines for "excellence in all fields, from fossil to sustainable materials and renewable energy”
Led by Mines' Office of Global Initiatives and the Payne Institute for Public Policy, the CCUS initiative will be interdisciplinary across Mines departments.
Researchers believe the de-carbonization of the steel industry can be achieved by connecting ironmaking to renewable electric power through electrolytically produced hydrogen.
The new initiative is bringing together more than 50 early-career scientists from the U.S. and Canada to tackle the pressing challenge of greenhouse gas accumulating in Earth’s atmosphere and oceans.
Spencer Fretwell will be working with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Dr. Stephan Friedrich, deputy leader of the laboratory’s Rare Event Detection group.