NEXT Lab

Next-Level Research. Advancing the Future.

Imagine a world with cleaner and safer energy, with pure and abundant water, and a world where new treatments for cancer mean more lives are saved. By advancing the technology of molten salt reactors, researchers at ACU’s NEXT Lab are creating innovative solutions to some of the world’s most critical problems.

Imagine a world with cleaner and safer energy, with pure and abundant water, and a world where new treatments for cancer mean more lives are saved. By advancing the technology of molten salt reactors, researchers at ACU’s NEXT Lab are creating innovative solutions to some of the world’s most critical problems.

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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
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ACU’s NEXT Lab awarded infrastructure grant from Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP) announced a grant of $367,793 to be used for infrastructure at ACU’s Nuclear Energy eXperimental Testing Lab. The funding will support the radiochemistry aspect of NEXT Lab – specifically, establishing new and unique real-time direct chemical analysis capabilities for molten salt systems. For 2021, NEUP … Continued

NEXT Lab student researcher awarded National Science Foundation fellowship

When Keaton Brewster graduates in May with a degree in physics and mathematics, he’ll be taking with him more than a diploma. A research proposal stemming from his work in ACU’s NEXT Lab has earned him a prestigious fellowship from the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowships Program. With his annual stipend of $34,000, Keaton … Continued

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NEXT Lab advances reliable nuclear energy

Energy and electricity topics are dominating conversations in Texas after residents spent a week battling a major winter storm. Abilene Christian University, along with two other Texas universities, is at the forefront of advancing nuclear technology to address problems plaguing traditional energy sources – including unpredictable weather. Nuclear is the most dependable form of electricity … Continued