Annoucement of a meeting: Clay Minerals Society Annual Meeting 2024 in Honolulu Hawai'i

Please consider participating in a technical session on nuclear waste disposal at the 2024 Clay Minerals Society Annual Meeting. Details of the session are given below. The meeting will be held June 3-6, 2024 in Honolulu, Hawai’i, jointly with the Asian Clay Groups. Abstract submission deadline is March 15, 2024. Here is a link to the meeting website:


Scientific and engineering aspects of clays in nuclear waste disposal


Jeffery Greathouse, Sandia National Laboratories, USA

Patricia Fox, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA

Tsutomu Saito, Hokkaido University, JAPAN

Satoru Suzuki, Nuclear Waste Management Organization of JAPAN

Cristophe Tournassat, Université d’Orléans, FRANCE

Clay minerals and clay-bearing rocks are essential components in many design concepts for deep geologic disposal of spent nuclear fuel. This session invites contributions from basic research to applied repository design. Topics can include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Clay/shale host rock and engineered barrier systems
  • Natural or artificial analogues of clay barriers
  • Thermo-hydro-chemo-mechanical (THMC) properties
  • Heavy metal and radionuclide sorption and transport
  • Modeling across length and time scales, including artificial intelligence methods
  • Benchtop and underground research laboratory investigations

Invited speakers:

Chun Chang, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Xiandong Liu, Nanjing University

Nikolaos Prasianakis, Paul Scherrer Institute

Ruth Tinnacher, California State University East Bay

Seok Yoon, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI)

Maria Villar, Centre for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research (CIEMAT)