Atomic Nanoscale Technology in the Nuclear Industry

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CRC Press, Dec 7, 2011 - Science - 168 pages
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Developments at the nanoscale are leading to new possibilities and challenges for nuclear applications in areas ranging from medicine to international commerce to atomic power production/waste treatment. Progress in nanotech is helping the nuclear industry slash the cost of energy production. It also continues to improve application reliability and safety measures, which remain a critical concern, especially since the reactor disasters in Japan.

Exploring the new wide-ranging landscape of nuclear function, Atomic Nanoscale Technology in the Nuclear Industry details the breakthroughs in nanoscale applications and methodologies that are revolutionizing power production, biotechnology, and material science.

Developments in atomic nanoscale technology have given us the ability to:

  • Use ion beams to Investigate and optimize radiation energy losses at the nanoscopic level
  • Assess nanoscopic safety circumstances involved in a reactor failure
  • Analyze characteristics of nuclear spacecraft operating in the nanogravity of deep space
  • Evaluate light collection enhancement for digital X-ray detection
  • Apply brachytherapy using radioisotopes for cancer therapy
  • Treat nuclear waste at the nanoscopic level
  • Use systems-thinking decision making to analyze financial progress of nanotech in the energy industry
  • Assess safety (and safety management methods) for nuclear nanomaterials used in plant operations

Representing a first step in multi-combinatorial research, this text incorporates advanced studies that use Monte Carlo and solid-state measurement (including radiation detection) methods. Researchers used these to demonstrate the potential to upgrade methods of radiation protection and nuclear reactor operation (safety, waste disposal, etc.). The author also addresses how we can use nanotechnology to address industrial concerns and enhance nuclear medicine techniques. He highlights several nanomaterial systems and devices to illustrate developments in this area.

About the Author:

Taeho Woo launched the specialized field of atomic multinology (interdisciplinary research of nuclear technology), which combines the application of information technology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology in the nuclear industry.

 

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About the author (2011)

Taeho Woo has worked in several areas of nuclear technology for industrial applications. His research fields range from basic nuclear physics to engineering applications. He launched the field of atomic multinology (interdisciplinary research of nuclear technology), which combines the application of information technology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology in the nuclear industry. This area could provide tremendous synergy and profitable creations for nuclear power economics.

Woo received his Ph.D and MSE in nuclear engineering from Seoul National University, South Korea, and his BS in nuclear engineering from Kyung Hee University, South Korea. He also earned an MS in nuclear engineering and radiological sciences from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He has focused on the most important factors in the industry—safety and economics using IT, BT, and NT. His work is in its nascent stages but could be valuable for research and development activities in the future.

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