Missouri S&T has been selected by the Department of Energy to develop iron phosphate-based glasses for high-level nuclear waste disposal. These glasses can be processed to contain large concentrations of nuclear waste components in a way that keeps those components from dissolving in groundwater.
Delbert Day, CerE’58, Curators’ Professor emeritus of ceramic engineering, first developed the glasses at S&T. The work is being continued by researchers like Mark Schlesinger, professor of materials science and engineering, and Richard Brow, Curators’ Professor of materials science and engineering.
The S&T researchers will use the DOE funding to enhance the properties of the glasses and develop models that predict corrosion rates. The $376,000 project is expected to last two years.