Synthesis of Organometallic Polymers for Inertial Fusion Applications

  • John E. Sheats
  • Fred Hessel
  • Louis Tsarouhas
  • Kenneth G. Podejko
  • Thomas Porter
  • L. R. Kool
  • R. L. NolenJr.
Part of the Polymer Science and Technology book series (POLS, volume 25)


Nuclear fusion, the energy process operating in the sun, offers promise of production of almost unlimited energy without the toxic and radioactive wastes associated with nuclear fission. Harnessing nuclear fusion, however, has proven to be a challenging task that may not be completed for another thirty years. Because of the strong repulsive forces to be overcome in order for nuclei to fuse, the process will take place only at temperatures above 50,000,000°. No known materials can contain matter at this temperature. Thus the fusion reaction must be confined without its touching the walls of its container. Two approaches have been taken — Magnetic Confinement, which is currently being investigated at the Forrestal Laboratories in Princeton, and Inertial Confinement2 which is being investigated at KMS Fusion, Inc. in Ann Arbor, Michigan, at the University of Rochester, at the National Laboratories at Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Livermore, California and elsewhere.


Softening Point Inertial Confinement Fusion Tool Mark Fusion Application Organometallic Polymer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John E. Sheats
    • 1
  • Fred Hessel
    • 1
  • Louis Tsarouhas
    • 1
  • Kenneth G. Podejko
    • 1
  • Thomas Porter
    • 1
  • L. R. Kool
    • 2
  • R. L. NolenJr.
    • 2
  1. 1.Chemistry DepartmentRider CollegeLawrencevilleUSA
  2. 2.KMS Fusion, Inc.Ann ArborUSA

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