A new one-credit hour course, Nano-Macro Scale Applications of Nuclear Sciences and Technology (ENRG 10300), will be offered for Spring 2017 from Nuclear Professor Taleyarkhan.
Nuclear science and technologies have spawned an estimated $500-750B+ industry in the USA alone, and offer unique opportunities and impact a multitude of everyday physical phenomena ranging from the femto- to nano- to macro scales in space and time. This course introduces students to the wide world of practical applications impacted and influenced by nuclear science based technologies. It begins with a broad overview of nuclear-cum-mechanical engineering science concepts important to appreciating the broad-scope impacts on fields ranging from power/energy, to space flights/propulsion, to submarines/surface ships, to the burgeoning national security industry involving detection-cum-interdiction of nuclear and conventional explosives-cum-contraband materials and emergency preparedness, to long-term (10-20y) beta-voltaic batteries, to radiation tailored VOC-free polymers for the construction industry, to even coloring diamonds and gem-stones, to medicine/health applications such as cancer cell treatment, to environmental remediation, to acoustically creating ultra-high compressions and temperatures replicating the conditions prevalent in the interior of stars, to next generation energetic materials development for explosives, propulsion and space-land-sea based fusion power generation, nuclear propulsion, to nano-scale fluidics, safety and energetics of metals casting and powder industries during metal-water explosions, neutron radiography, industrial applications in general including polymerization for toughening tennis strings/other substances like flooring, etc.
The course will aim also to provide unique insights into neutron scattering based cutting-edge research for development of next generation semi-conductors, drugs, magnetic materials to fission-fusion reactor-based hydrogen production for energy and desalination – addressing several of the 21st Century Grand Challenges. The principles of concept application and utility will be covered -supplemented with laboratory-type actual phenomenological demonstrations & other aids.”
The course instructor: Dr. Rusi Taleyarkhan (Purdue Professor of CoE, and Chief Technology Officer of SALabs., LLC, has ~40 years of work experience in industry, government and academia, leading national and international teams involving many of the above-mentioned application arenas and will share insights and unique multi-disciplinary opportunities.