The NEXT Lab mission is to provide global solutions to the world's need for:

• Energy that is less expensive and safer
• Water that is pure and abundant
• Medical isotopes used to diagnose and treat cancer

by advancing the technology of molten salt reactors while educating the next generation of 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 senior physicists and engineers who work alongside students to find solutions that are safe, environmentally responsible, and affordable enough to benefit those living in poverty across the globe. Together we will find the NEXT solution...learn more


The NEXT Lab is housed in the recently remodeled Bennett Engineering and Physics Laboratories on the campus of Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX. This new facility includes modern machine shops, dedicated research labs, and ample high-bay research areas. This new lab space is part of a larger $75 million dollar capital campaign that will provide three new science and engineering buildings.