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Analysis of the microscopic structure and dynamics of molten salts for energy applications


Term:

Summer

Department:

NRL: Nuclear Reactor Laboratory

Faculty Supervisor:

Gordon Kohse

Faculty email:

kohse@mit.edu

Apply by:

05/05/2020

Contact:

Boris Khaykovich: bkh@mit.edu

Project Description

Molten salts are fascinating liquids, which are important for many applications, such as nuclear and solar energy, and chemical engineering. Dr. Boris Khaykovich and his group are studying the microscopic structure of molten salts using neutron and X-ray scattering measurements and computer simulations. The student project is a part of this effort. The student will analyze the data from neutron and X-ray scattering experiments. The data has been recently collected by Dr. Khaykovich and collaborators. The raw data from experiments have to be properly normalized, filtered, and plotted for comparison with simulations. Different techniques (X-rays vs neutrons, elastic vs inelastic scattering) require different data analysis software and different approaches to the analysis. Proficiency with Python (or Matlab) and interest in nuclear science and engineering, materials, or chemical engineering are required. This project is suitable for being done remotely provided a student is comfortable with working largely independently while relying on limited if regular communications using Skype or Zoom.

Pre-requisites

Proficiency with Python (or Matlab) and interest in nuclear science and engineering, materials, or chemical engineering