TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Dr. Robin D. Rogers, a research professor at The University of Alabama, was recently appointed to a committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to review alternative technologies to efficiently clean federal nuclear waste sites.
Rogers was selected for the Independent Assessment of Science and Technology for the Department of Energy’s Defense Environmental Cleanup Program.
Mandated by Congress, the 12-person committee will conduct an independent assessment of technology development efforts within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management, DOE-EM.
This assessment will review of DOE-EM’s technology development efforts, including an assessment of the processes by which technologies are identified and selected for development.
The committee will review and assess technologies and/or alternative approaches for the DOE-EM cleanup program that could:
- Reduce long-term costs,
- Accelerate schedules,
- Mitigate uncertainties, vulnerabilities, or risks, or
- Otherwise significantly improve the cleanup program.
The study will produce a consensus report that contains findings and recommendations. The report will not contain policy recommendations that involve non-technical value judgments.
Rogers has served on several National Academies studies on radioactive waste management and cleanup.
Rogers research interests cover the use of ionic liquids and green chemistry for sustainable technology through innovation and include materials (advanced polymeric and composite materials from biorenewables), separations (novel strategies for separation and purification of value added products from biomass), energy (new lubricant technologies and selective separations), and medicine (elimination of waste while delivering improved pharmaceutical performance).
The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.