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Pyroprocessing Facility

Sustainable Energy through Fuel Recycling

Pyroprocessing Research and Development

Researchers reviewing process monitoring data collected during pyroprocessing.

Pyroprocessing R&D activities span the range from fundamental property measurements to pilot-scale processing demonstrations to develop, and engineer innovative and commercially viable processes for nuclear chemical separations

  • Milligram- to kilogram-scale tests with actinide-bearing materials in molten chloride and fluoride salts

Expertise and capabilities in areas essential to the advancement of nuclear energy systems:

Electrorefiner laboratory houses equipment located in Ar-atmosphere radiological gloveboxes
  • Nuclear chemical engineering of processes and equipment to enable technology commercialization
  • Process simulation to design, develop, and model processes and equipment for fuel recycle applications
  • Electrochemical monitoring and control of salt chemistry and materials accountability
  • Materials compatibility and corrosion studies
  • Thermophysical property measurements

Pyroprocessing Facility Capabilities

Radiological facility housing purpose-built inert atmosphere gloveboxes used for experiments with actinides and simulated fission products 

  • Glovebox furnace wells ranging in size from six to thirty-six inches with furnace capability to 800Ā°C
  • Induction and resistance furnaces for higher temperature applications
  • Specially designed equipment for electroreduction, electrorefining, and electrolysis tests
  • Broad range of electroanalytical instrumentation for process development, monitoring and control


Uranium dendrites collected during electrorefining unirradiated metal fuel