New model predicts once-mysterious chemical reactions

radiation from hydrogen

A team of researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory and Curtin University in Australia developed a theoretical model to forecast the fundamental chemical reactions involving molecular hydrogen (H2), which after many decades and attempts by scientists had remained largely unpredicted and unsolved

“Chemical reactions are the basis of life so predicting what happens during these reactions is of great importance to science and has major implications in innovation, industry and medicine,” said Mark Zammit, a post-doctorate fellow in the Physics and Chemistry of Materials group at Los Alamos National Laboratory. “Our model is the first to very accurately calculate the probability of fundamental electron-molecular hydrogen reactions.” Continue reading New model predicts once-mysterious chemical reactions

DoE awards Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute $3m to train students in nuclear clean-up operations

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, DoE deputy secretary, seen here with Nathan Michael, CMU assistant research professor of robotics
Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, DoE deputy secretary, seen here with Nathan Michael, CMU assistant research professor of robotics

The US Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management has selected Carnegie Mellon University to provide specialized training for graduate students in robotics to support environmental remediation of nuclear sites.

Deputy DoE Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall announced the selection during an appearance at Carnegie Mellon recently.

The five-year agreement for the Robotics Traineeship program is valued at up to $3 million and will provide full or partial support for as many as 20 PhD and master’s degree students in robotics, said Martial Hebert, director of Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute.  Continue reading DoE awards Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute $3m to train students in nuclear clean-up operations