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 Discover the beauty of energy

From nuclear fuel to renewable technologies, Idaho National Laboratory is leading the nation in energy research. At INL, we are also exploring the interaction between science and art. Highlighting the beauty of science offers​ further connection to complex ideas and shares the often-unseen inner workings of our research.​​​


<h3>Silicon Carbide Fibers​</h3><hr /><p>Individual fibers of silicon carbide woven together to make a new type of protective fuel cladd​inge​.</p>​​


<h3>Calcium Carbonate Polymorphs​</h3><hr /><p>Scientists seeking to protect groundwater from Strontium-90 observed these two phases of calcium carbonate​.</p>​​


<h3>Crystallographic Silicon Carbide</h3><hr /><p>By studying where fission products congregate, researchers seek to understand how tiny fission products may sneak past a layer of barrier material.</p>​​

<h3>Gold Particles on Carbon Nanotubes</h3><hr /><p>This project is testing carbon nanotube materials that could be used to recover precious metals from acidic liquid waste streams​.</p>

​<h3>Crystal Blue Persuasion</h3><hr /><p>Advanced nuclear fuels can be developed from a better understanding of how fuel in the nation&apos;​s current reactors conducts heat during operation​.</p>

​​"After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved, science and art tend to coalesce in esthetics, plasticity, and form. The greatest scientists are always artists as well." Albert Einstein, 1923​