Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and a nuclear energy enthusiast, said yesterday he hoped to work with Korea to develop technologies to produce more sustatinable, safer and cheaper atomic energy.
Gates, chairman of the nuclear start-up TerraPower, visited the Blue House yesterday and met with President Park Geun-hye. At the meeting, Gates promoted his project of developing a next-generation nuclar reactor and asked for Korea's support, said Kim Haing, presidential spokeswoman.
Park told the American software magnate that Korea, the world's fifth largest nuclear power producer andan atomic energy technology exporter, still has challenges to overcome such as the issue of snowballing stockpiles of nuclear waste, Kim said.
Recent work by Prof. Sung-Min Choi's group has been featured as the Cover Page of The Journal of Chemical Physics (Volume 138, Issue 11, 2013) which retains the top spot as the most highly cited journal in Atomic, Molecular & Chemical Physics. The interaction force between functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) plays an important role in the fabrication of self-assembled and highly ordered SWNT arrays for a wide range of potential applications. In this work, the hydration forces between surfaces of surfactant coated single-walled carbon nanotubes were measured, for the first time, using small angle x-ray scattering method. The new insights of interaction forces between functionalized SWNTs learned from this study provide key information for designing new advanced functional materials using SWNTs. This was performed by Changwoo Do (now at ORNL, US) and Hyung-Sik Jang (now at LG Chem) under supervision of Prof. Choi.
On August 16th, a Korean delegation led by prof. chang of KAIST met with Mr. Bill Gates (founder and chairman of terraPower) and discussed mutual collaborations for development of advanced sodium-cooled fast reactor (SFR) to deal with the global crisis of climate changes and sustainable energy for human being.
TerraPower has been developing the TWR (Traveling Wave Reactor) technologies, which can be used ~50 years without refueling. The KNS delegation and TerraPower managers agreed to continue a wide range of collaborations forcommercilation of the advanved SFRs. And a feasibility study on the TWR is unde discussion, which will be performred by Korean experts led by prof. Y. Kim of KAIST under the auspice of TerraPower.
At TED2010, Bill Gates unveils his vision for the world's energy future, describing the need for \"miracles\" to avoid planetary catastrophe and explaining why he's backing a dramatically different type of nuclear reactor. The necessary goal? Zero carbon emissions globally by 2050
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