Structural and Functional Materials for Fission and Fusion Reactors
Track Chair: M. Grace Burke
University of Manchester, UK
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Co-Chair & Invited Speaker: Kevin Field
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
Dr. Kevin Field is Research Staff for the Nuclear Materials Science and Technology (NMST) group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) where he specializes in alloy development and radiation effects in ferrous and non-ferrous alloys.
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His active research interests include advanced electron microscopy and scattering-based characterization techniques for nuclear materials, additive/advanced manufacturing, and the application of deep learning techniques for rapid innovation in nuclear and materials engineering. While at ORNL, he has presented and published numerous manuscripts on radiation effects in various material systems relevant for nuclear power generation including irradiated concrete performance, deformation mechanisms in irradiated steels, and radiation tolerance of enhanced accident tolerant fuel forms. Before joining ORNL under the prestigious Alvin M. Weinberg Fellowship, Dr. Field received his B.S. (2007) from Michigan Technological University in Materials Science & Engineering and his M.S. (2009) and Ph.D. (2012) from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Materials Science.
Co-Chair: Sosuke Kondo,
University of Kyoto, Japan
Dr. Kondo is Associate Professor in the research area of Nuclear Materials Engineering at Institute of Materials Research (IMR), Tohoku University since 2018. He also teaches material science at the Department of Quantum Science and Energy Engineering of Tohoku University.
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Previously, he held positions as Program Specific Associate Professor (2017-2014) and Assistant Professor (2009-2014) at Institute of Advanced Energy, Kyoto University and as Postdoctoral fellow (2006-2009) under the Postdoctoral Research Associates Program in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He received his Ph.D. in energy science from the Kyoto University in 2006. He has published a number of journal articles on the irradiation effects of silicon carbide (SiC) since 2002 and frequently provides invited lectures and talks on that at the international conferences related to nuclear materials. Much of his recent work has focused on irradiation effects on the hydrothermal corrosion of SiC, in particular why the corrosion reaction is accelerated under irradiation and how to protect the surface.
Invited Speaker: Micah Hackett
Kairos Power, LLC, USA
Dr. Hackett is the director of technology development at Kairos Power, LLC. He is currently directing teams on materials and fuels development, testing, and qualification as well as salt chemistry characterization and instrumentation.
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Development efforts are focused on design and technology for deployment of the prototype fluoride-cooled high temperature reactor concept. Previously, Dr. Hackett managed the materials development team for the sodium-cooled Traveling Wave Reactor at TerraPower with a focus on material optimization and qualification, supply chain development, manufacturing, welding, irradiation testing, and advanced materials development. Dr. Hackett also worked for Naval Reactors at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, where he was awarded the 2009 Young Scientist of the Year Award. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in nuclear engineering in 2008. He is a member of the American Nuclear Society and Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society.
Invited Speaker: Akihiko Kimura
Kyoto University, Japan
Dr. Kimura has been a professor of Institute of Advanced Energy, Kyoto University from 1997. He was vice director of the institute from 2013 to 2016, and program leader of several national projects on nuclear materials R&D. He received Ph. D of Eng., from Tohoku University in 1982.
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He has worked on structural materials safety management, radiation damage mechanisms, development of advanced fuel cladding and fusion materials. He was a member of Nuclear Safety Research Committee of Cabinet of Japan. He was a leader of Division of Nuclear Materials, a member of Board of Directors and is a fellow of Atomic Energy Society of Japan. He was a section leader of Nuclear Materials, Japan Institute of Metals, and received “The Japan Institute of Metals and Materials Distinguished Achievement Award” in 2017.