Actinide action

Jun Li Pacific Northwest National Laboratory hopes to solve actinide chemistry computationally, a problem that will allow scientists to interpret and predict the chemical and physical properties of actinide compounds and materials using first principle theory. Progress in relativistic quantum chemistry, computer hardware and computational chemistry software has enabled computational actinide chemistry to emerge as a powerful and predictive tool for research in actinide chemistry, Li told the ACS meeting in Boston in August. "These discoveries will have deep impact for heavy-element science and will greatly improve the fundamental understanding of actinides essential to develop advanced nuclear energy systems, atomic weapons and environmental remediation technologies," he said.