Los Alamos National LaboratoryFUTURE: Fundamental Understanding of Transport Under Reactor Extremes
An Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences

  • FUTURE is focused on the coupling of irradiation and corrosion.

    FUTURE is focused on the coupling of irradiation and corrosion.

    Defects introduced via irradiation interact with material chemistry and microstructure to modify corrosion mechanisms and rates.

  • Mark Asta, professor at UC Berkeley and thrust lead of FUTURE, wins TMS's Hume-Rothery Award!

    Congratulations Mark!

    Mark Asta, professor at UC Berkeley and thrust lead of FUTURE, wins TMS's Hume-Rothery Award! Mark will present on the nature of order in disordered materials.

Our Mission

To understand how the coupled extremes of irradiation and corrosion work in concert to modify the evolution of materials by coupling experiments and modeling that target fundamental mechanisms.

What is FUTURE

FUTURE is an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the Office of Basic Energy Science in the Department of Energy. We are dedicated to understanding how the extreme conditions encountered by materials in nuclear reactors -- radiation damage, corrosive environments, high stresses and high temperatures -- couple to impact the properties of the material. During irradiation, high concentrations of non-equilibrium defects are created as energetic particles smash into the material. These same defects are responsible for the transport of atoms that drive phenomena such as corrosion. However, because there are so many more and new types of defects created during irradiation, the fundamental mechanisms of corrision will change. Further, these mechanisms of atomic motion will depend on local stresses and temperature excursions that vary within the material. The goal of FUTURE is to understand how all of these effects couple to change how the material will evolve.

Our Research Plan

We combine experiment and modeling to understand the fundamental processes responsible for materials evolution under concurrent irradiation and corrosion. Our focus is on point defect production, coupled transport of chemical