“Save the World with Nuclear Waste: New Approaches to Nuclear Power”
Abstract: The world needs a cheap, carbon-free alternative to fossil fuels to feed its growing electricity demand. Nuclear power seems like a clear solution to the problem, but its growth is hindered by rising concerns about safety, waste, and cost. My work focuses on adapting technology from the early days of the nuclear industry, the 1950s and 1960s, using modern computational methods to optimize their design.
Specifically, my company is advancing the design of the molten salt reactor, an extremely safe reactor design from the 1950s -- making the reactor more compact, lower-cost, and able to consume existing stockpiles of nuclear waste -- while keeping the design's significant safety benefits. These new reactors can push the boundaries of nuclear technology and allow for a safe, clean, and affordable answer to humanity’s energy needs.