• Professor Jacopo Buongiorno; background image shows a dispersion of nanoparticles in water that accelerates quenching of a hot rodlet (simulating a nuclear fuel rod), a feature that may be used to improve the thermal performance of nuclear reactors.

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The power of nanofluids

Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering research spotlight focuses on the work of Jacopo Buongiorno

One of engineering’s most powerful capabilities is the improvement of existing systems through innovation — taking something that works and making it better, faster or cheaper.

Associate Professor Jacopo Buongiorno and his team at the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, in collaboration with Dr. Lin-wen Hu of the Nuclear Reactor Laboratory, provide a perfect example. With support from donor Douglas Spreng, they are applying new materials science to the task of heat management in nuclear reactors, and making significant practical advances in reactor performance and economics.

Read the full feature on the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering's web site: http://web.mit.edu/nse/research/research_spotlight.html

Topics: Energy, Nanofluids, Nuclear science and engineering

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