Experimental and Theoretical Actinide Chemistry: From Fundamental Systems to Practical Applications (#42)

Fundamental research on actinide chemistry is needed for predicting the fate and controlling the behavior of nuclear materials in the ecosystem, as well as for developing new advanced applications in energy, medicine and forensics. The actinides present opportunities, and challenges, to explore chemistry of heavy elements in which the 5f electrons can play a crucial role. This symposium will provide a forum for leading and emerging scientists in different branches of actinide chemistry, ranging from fundamental studies to new applications. Interactions and collaborations are crucial across broad realms of actinide chemistry, including between experiment and theory, and between fundamental and applied. Experimental studies on elementary systems profit from greater interplay with theoretical efforts, and vice-versa. Such collaborations enhance understanding of experimental results, and provide critical assessments of theory for heavy elements where electron correlation and relativistic effects challenge the use of conventional methodologies. Bridging the gap between basic and applied actinide chemistry is an ongoing challenge, the success of which is crucial to effectively incorporate the latest chemical insights to achieve the most effective solutions to problems. Diverse topics in inorganic and physical chemistry of the 5f actinide elements will be covered in this symposium. Confirmed speakers: R. Abergel; T. Albrecht-Schmitt; P. Arnold; J. Autschbach; P. Burns; A. Clark; W. de Jong; M. Denecke; D. Dixon; Y. Haga; M. Heaven; Y. Ikeda; N. Kaltsoyannis; K. Konashi; K. Peterson; W. Shi; D. Shuh; L. Soderholm; J. Su; S. Suzuki; S. Tsushima; V. Vallet; M. J, van Stipdonk; L.-S. Wang; S. Wang.
Last update: Dec 28, 2015