Encyclopedia of Nuclear Energy

Encyclopedia of Nuclear Energy

1st Edition - June 24, 2021

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  • Editor-in-Chief: Ehud Greenspan
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128197257
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128197325

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Encyclopedia of Nuclear Energy, Four Volume Set provides a comprehensive and reliable overview of the many ways nuclear energy contributes to society. Comprised of four volumes, it includes topics such as generating clean electricity, improving medical diagnostics and cancer treatment, improving crop yields, improving food shelf-lives, and crucially, the deployment of nuclear energy as an alternative energy source, one that is proving to be essential in the management of global warming. Carefully structured into thematic sections, this encyclopedia brings together the vast and highly diversified literature related to nuclear energy into a single resource, with convenient to read, cross-referenced chapters. This book will serve as an invaluable resource for researchers in the fields of energy, engineering, material science, chemistry, and physics, from both industry and academia.

Key Features

  • Offers a contemporary review of current nuclear energy research and insights into the future direction of the field, hence negating the need for individual searches across various databases
  • Written by academics and practitioners from different fields to ensure that the knowledge within is easily understood by, and applicable to, a large audience
  • Meticulously organized, with articles split into sections on key topics and clearly cross-referenced to allow students, researchers and professionals to quickly and easily find relevant information


Researchers and students in physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering working in energy and nuclear energy; industrial scientists, architects and policy makers

Table of Contents

  • 1. Safety, licensing and decommissioning of power reactors
    2. Fundamentals and history of development of nuclear energy
    3. Commercial nuclear power reactors and their design
    4. Advanced nuclear reactor concepts under R&D
    5. The nuclear fuel and fuel cycle
    6. The nuclear waste and its disposal
    7. Radiation protection
    8. Nuclear power for space and propulsion
    9. Research reactors
    10. Medical, Industrial and Agricultural Applications of Nuclear Technology
    11. Social issues of nuclear energy
    12. Non-electric applications of terrestrial nuclear reactors
    13. Nuclear fusion R&D

Product details

  • No. of pages: 3656
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: June 24, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128197257
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128197325

About the Editor in Chief

Ehud Greenspan

Prof. Greenspan’s research spans over a large variety of nuclear engineering related disciplines including theoretical reactor physics, experimental reactor physics, computational methods development, optimization methods for identifying the minimum possible critical mass, criticality safety analysis, optimal design of radiation shields, fusion reactor blankets and medical installations, advanced fusion fuel cycles, fusion-fission hybrid reactors, advanced fission reactors and nuclear fuel-cycle conception, design and analysis. Prof. Greenspan has been a Principal Investigator on studies of dozens of advanced nuclear systems, among which those corresponding to Generation-IV reactor technologies and others being categorized as Small Modular Reactors (SMR), as well as leading a multi-institutional team that developed a preliminary conceptual design of the Encapsulated Nuclear Heat Source (ENHS) – a nuclear battery-type reactor that is free of pumps, pipes and valves in the primary reactor system. Prof. Greenspan’s research is documented in 400+ refereed publications, book chapters, and patents/collaborative patents.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, University of California, Berkeley, USA

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