Finding global solutions to the world’s most critical needs
The mission of ACU’s NEXT Lab is to provide global solutions to the world’s need for energy, water and medical isotopes by advancing the technology of molten salt reactors while educating future leaders in nuclear science and engineering.
The Nuclear Energy eXperimental Testing Laboratory, or NEXT Lab, is dedicated to finding real-world solutions to some of the world's most critical needs using advanced nuclear reactor designs. Our team includes physicists, engineers, chemists, mathematicians, and computer scientists who work alongside students to find solutions that are safe, environmentally responsible, and affordable enough to benefit those living in poverty across the globe...learn more
The NEXT Lab is housed in the recently remodeled Engineering and Physics Laboratories and Onstead Science Center and the new Halbert-Walling Research Center on the campus of Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX. These new facilities include modern machine shops, dedicated research labs, and ample high-bay research areas. These new lab spaces are part of a larger $75 million dollar capital campaign that provided three new science and engineering buildings. The NEXT Lab team headquarters, meeting, and office space is located in McKinzie Hall.