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WSU Research Nuclear Nonproliferation

Nuclear nonproliferation

Advancing goals and safeguards through basic research

In the summer of 1945, mushroom clouds rose over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, affirming their annihilation. As the world realized the horrifying significance of atomic warfare, the quest to stop the spread of nuclear weapons began.

Research conducted at WSU supports international efforts to prevent nuclear proliferation. Discoveries made by WSU-led research teams advance nuclear verification technologies and support nuclear forensics—the ability to track the source, trafficking, and enrichment of nuclear material. They enable development of adaptive materials that can withstand high temperatures and stresses in high-radiation environments. They find ways to recycle and dispose of nuclear wastes sustainably.

WSU faculty members collaborate with leading scientists in U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories. Their partnerships accelerate discoveries that ultimately make our world safer.

Research areas

  • Actinide science
  • Radioanalytical methods for nuclear forensics and treaty verification