The University of Kentucky has received a federal grant of $880,520 to work on nuclear energy technology.
"What we are doing is providing very accurate nuclear data which will useful in building future nuclear reactors," said Steven Yates, a professor in the chemistry and physics departments.
The work will take place in the UK Accelerator Laboratory and will basically collect data on the cooling materials used in nuclear energy. There are only seven such labs in the country, Yates said.
The U.S. Department of Energy project will be headed by Yates and Marcus McEllistrem, an emeritus professor of physics and astronomy, along with Sally Hicks from the University of Dallas, Jeffrey R. Vanhoy of the United States Naval Academy and Tony S. Hill of the Idaho National Laboratory.
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For more information go to www.pa.uky.edu/accelerator/index.php.