September 8, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

ANL Community Event: The Quest to Solve Molten Salt Corrosion

Advance nuclear energy systems can help us hit goals to remove carbon from the U.S. economy by 2050. These systems often use molten salts as a coolant. Yet molten salts are highly corrosive and corrode most metal alloys meant to contain them. This raises concerns about longevity and safety.

We need reliable, durable coatings for the inner workings of advanced nuclear energy systems. Despite ongoing efforts, we have yet to completely solve this problem.

In this talk, Liz Laudadio, postdoctoral appointee and Walter Massey Fellow, will describe her new approach to discovering fully protective coatings that resist corrosion from molten salts. Laudadio will explain her work on anti-corrosive properties of coating materials developed by Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD), an established approach, but relatively new in molten salt research. Liz will show two novel techniques to test new and promising coating materials.

Join Liz and moderator Sarah Stariha, Section Manager of the Materials Performance Group in the Chemical and Fuel Cycle Technologies Division, as they explore new ways to use ALD to project against molten salt corrosion and help pave the way to deploying more carbon-free nuclear power in the U.S.

When: Thursday, Sept. 8 @ 10 a.m.

Where: Zoom