NEXT Lab

Natura Resources

Natura Resources LLC selected Abilene Christian University to lead a $30.5 million effort to design, license and build a molten salt research reactor in collaboration with three other major universities. ACU is known throughout higher education for its strong commitment to undergraduate research, especially in STEM fields. This partnership provides extraordinary opportunities for students and faculty to collaborate on cutting-edge research.

Natura Resources LLC selected Abilene Christian University to lead a $30.5 million effort to design, license and build a molten salt research reactor in collaboration with three other major universities. ACU is known throughout higher education for its strong commitment to undergraduate research, especially in STEM fields. This partnership provides extraordinary opportunities for students and faculty to collaborate on cutting-edge research.

Main Content

Second NRC official visits ACU’s NEXT Lab

The Honorable David Wright, a member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), visited Abilene Christian University’s Nuclear Energy eXperimental Testing Laboratory (NEXT Lab) Dec. 6 to meet with senior leaders from ACU and Natura Resources.  Wright is the second NRC official to visit NEXT Lab; NRC chair Christopher Hanson came to ACU’s campus in … Continued
Dr. Rusty Towell, director of NEXT Lab; Dr. Phil Schubert, ACU president; Christopher Hanson, NRC chair; and Douglass Robison, CEO and founder of Natura Resources in the lobby of the Dillard Science and Engineering Research Center.

Top U.S. nuclear official visits ACU’s NEXT Lab

The Honorable Christopher Hanson, chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), visited Abilene Christian University’s Nuclear Energy eXperimental Testing Laboratory (NEXT Lab) Oct. 12 to meet with senior leaders from ACU and Natura Resources. “Hanson shared his priorities for the NRC, which included advanced reactors, supporting academic institutions and improved safety,” said Dr. Rusty … Continued

Student works in next lab

ACU NEXT Lab research published in Annals of Nuclear Energy

Students and faculty in the Nuclear Energy eXperimental Testing Laboratory at Abilene Christian University recently published their first peer-reviewed journal article, “A molten salt test loop for component and instrumentation testing,” in the Annals of Nuclear Energy. Highlights of the article include: Development of a forced-flow system for testing molten salt reactor technologies. A molten … Continued

Students working in next lab

ACU NEXT Lab students receive scholarship from the U.S. Department of Energy

Five students who are a part of the Nuclear Energy eXperimental Testing Laboratory at Abilene Christian University were awarded scholarships from the U.S. Department of Energy’s University Nuclear Leadership Program. Although ACU students have been awarded these scholarships in past years, this is the most scholarships ACU has received in a single cycle. Samuel Ash, … Continued

SERC construction

ACU’s NEXT Lab construction permit application accepted for formal review by NRC

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has docketed Abilene Christian University’s Nuclear Energy eXperimental Testing Lab construction permit application, placing it under formal regulatory review. The application is the first for a new research reactor in more than 30 years and the first-ever for an advanced university research reactor.  “This is a significant achievement, and I … Continued

NEXT Lab students

ACU NEXT Lab partners with Teledyne Brown to design molten salt research reactor

Abilene Christian University’s Nuclear Energy eXperimental Testing Laboratory has contracted Teledyne Brown Engineering to perform front-end engineering and design work to produce the first university-based molten salt research reactor (MSRR). “We received interest in working on this first-of-a-kind project from over a dozen top engineering companies,” said Dr. Rusty Towell, director of NEXT Lab and … Continued