Electrochemical and Thermodynamic Properties of Liquid Metals in Molten Salts for Separation of Rare-Earth Metals

Uranium can be recycled from nuclear fuel and reused in nuclear reactors. However during the recycling process, rare-earth elements accumulate in the recycling system, and must be removed to minimize the generation of additional nuclear waste. We are investigating the use of liquid metal electrodes to remove these elements with greater efficiency than current methods.

Campus: 
University Park
Description of Responsibilities: 
  • Fabricating rare-earth alloys using arc-melter
  • Assembling high temperature electrochemical cells
  • Conducting experiments to determine thermodynamic and kinetic properties of rare-earth alloys
  • Assisting with alloy characterization using techniques such as SEM/EDS and XRD
Number of Opportunities: 
2
Minimum Qualifications: 

Freshman/sophomore student, enthusiasm and willingness to learn!

Posting Date: 
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 to Monday, May 31, 2021
Position Type: 
Volunteer
Opportunity Timeframe: 
Fall, Spring, Summer
Other Requirements: 

Minimum 10 hours a week

Application Procedure: 

Contact tpn6@psu.edu for further information if interested.