Thermochemical Database (TDB) Project course: Thermodynamic data collection and assessment

18 August 2018
Boston, MA, United States

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About the course

A one-day course, sponsored by Los Alamos National Lab (LANL, United States) and the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) TDB project, on the topic of thermodynamic data collection and assessment is being offered in conjunction with the 256th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting (Boston, MA, United States). This overview course is designed to familiarise scientists with current NEA TDB activities and standards, provide an overview of data collection and analysis techniques, and work through some real system examples to demonstrate the critical evaluation and data assessment process. Retaining high scientific standards for the collection, interpretation, critical review and application of thermodynamic data is a key goal of the NEA TDB, and will help assure that a strong scientific basis for the safety case is maintained to support international nuclear waste management options.

Target audience and venue

This one-day course is ideally designed for graduate students, young scientists (typically postdocs) or any scientists who are new to the nuclear chemistry field and its application to nuclear waste management (repository science as well as environmental remediation/containment of near-surface contamination sites). It also further targets scientists interested in broader environmental applications of the NEA TDB and the collection and application of thermodynamic data. The course will be offered on the Saturday immediately before the opening of the fall ACS meeting in Boston.

Practical information

Instructors: Xavier Gaona (KIT-INE, Germany), Don Reed (LANL, United States), Marcus Altmaier (KIT-INE, Germany) and Marilena Ragoussi (OECD/NEA, France) – All have extensive experience working with the NEA TDB.

Date and time: Saturday, 18 August 2018 from 9:00-18:00 (to be confirmed)

Location: Hilton Boston Downtown, Faneuil Hall, 89 Broad Street, Boston

Meals: Coffee breaks and a working lunch will be provided.

Registration fee: USD 50


Topic 1: Overview of the NEA and NEA TDB activities and projects

Topic 2: Overview of guidelines for the collection and analysis of thermodynamic data

Topic 3: Critical evaluation and assessment exercise

A detailed outline can be downloaded here.


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Last updated: 30 July 2018