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Brookhaven and Forge Nano to mature noble gas-trapping technology

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory’s, Center for Functional Nanomaterials and Nuclear Science and Technology Department, has been selected for a 2020 Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) project, “Maturation of Technology for Trapping Xenon and Krypton.” This gas-trapping technology could improve the energy-generation efficiency of nuclear reactors and reduce radioactive waste.

Studies will be conducted using instruments located in the CFN Proximal Probes Facility and at the In situ and Operando Soft X-ray Spectroscopy beamline of Brookhaven’s National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II). Working with HDR Architecture, CGA provided acoustics and vibration consulting for both buildings, which provide extremely quiet environments to support research such as this.

The goal of the TCF is to advance the commercialization of these technologies and strengthen lab-private sector partnerships to deploy them to the marketplace. If successful, this technology would have a major impact on the nuclear power industry and environment at large.