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  • WELCOME! At U.C. Berkeley, nuclear engineers are leading in research that will enable long-term sustainable and economic production of nuclear energy from fission and fusion; provide for responsible recycling and disposal of nuclear wastes; develop advanced, radiation tolerant materials for high-temperature applications; assure security by detecting illicit transfers of nuclear materials; and advance applications of nuclear methods for medical imaging and therapy.


  • Research Spotlight: Prof. Peter Hosemann's research on nuclear materials and chemistry focuses on applying experimental materials science techniques to understanding the effects of radiation degradation on structural nuclear components (fission, fusion, spallation, etc.).


  • NEWS HIGHLIGHT: The Radwatch Air Monitoring team has put together a unique system that serves high-resolution gamma-ray data hourly to monitor naturally occurring, airborne radioactivity. Weather data are also served to provide insight to correlations that exist in the transport of these radionuclides.


  • RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: One of Prof. Per Peterson's research foci on nuclear thermal hydraulics is the Pebble Bed Advanced High Temperature Reactor (PB-AHTR), which is a liquid salt cooled, high temperature reactor design developed at UC Berkeley in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and other national labs.


Latest News

High Flux Neutron Generator Commissioning

Thursday, Oct 23rd 2014

This summer, the High Flux Neutron Generator (HFNG) was completed, installed and entered into commissioning phase in the NE Department nuclear laboratory.  Designed and constructed under NSF funding, the HFNG is a plasma-based source, producing 2.45 MeV neutrons from DD fusion.


Professor Rachel Slaybaugh to Receive the ANS Young Members Excellence Award

Wednesday, Oct 8th 2014

Professor Rachel Slaybaugh will be awarded the 2014 ANS Young Members Excellence Award for her exemplary leadership in and contributions to the field of nuclear engineering. She will be presented with the award on November 10, 2014 at the American Nuclear Society annual meeting in Anaheim, CA.


Zeiss Orion NanoFab Microscope Delivered

Thursday, Oct 2nd 2014

Professor Peter Hosemann has taken delivery of the Zeiss Orion NanoFab Microscope, procurred thanks to a $2 million NSF grant (awarded September 2013). 

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Upcoming Events

The CASL Energy Innovation Hub Development of the Virtual Environment for Reactor Applications
Jess C. Gehin, Ph.D.
Mon, 10/27/2014 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
3105 Etcheverry Hall
Fall 2014 Colloquium Series