E03 : Diffusion Mechanism of Pu+3 in Sedimentary Repository Conditions: Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics Study

Students Becca Barbera
School HWCD - Cathedral High School - Hamilton
Level Senior 11/12 - Grade 11
Group Group 1 - Earth and Environmental
Abstract The purpose of this experiment is to determine the diffusion coefficient of Pu+3 through MX-80 bentonite clay, alongside the interference of the SR-270-PW brine solution found within sedimentary rock formations. This study has many valuable applications and provides the Nuclear Waste Management Organization with specific data to be considered upon when deciding on the deep geological repository host location and storage methods, alongside performance and safety assessments, which will both ensure public protection and support zero-emission clean-energy production.
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