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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.

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  • One of Prof. Per Peterson's research foci on nuclear thermal hydraulics is Mark 1 Pebble-Bed FHR (Mk1 PB-FHR). The pre-conceptual design is the latest in a series of studies to explore potential designs for fluoride salt cooled, high temperature reactors. 

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  • 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.).

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  • 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.

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Latest News

UCBNE at the Pacific Rim Forum on Earthquake Resilience of Nuclear Facilities

Tuesday, Jun 23rd 2015
The Pacific Rim Forum on the “Earthquake Resilience of Nuclear Facilities” was the latest in a series of Pacific Rim Forum focused on nuclear enterprise issues around the Pacific Rim. The UCB Department of Nuclear Engineering originated these forums through the Berkeley Nuclear Research Center.

 


Professor Kai Vetter Receives the ANS Presidential Citation

Monday, Jun 8th 2015

Berkeley Nuclear Engineering Professor Kai Vetter was awarded a Presidential Citation today at the American Nuclear Society (ANS) annual meeting in San Antonio, TX.  Professor Vetter received this award for "his exceptional commitment and dedication to advancing nuclear science and technology, and outreach to the community to analyze and explain the impact of nuclear on the environment.

 


NE Faculty to Receive NEUP Research and Development Awards

Monday, Jun 8th 2015

The Department of Nuclear Engineering has received several Research and Development awards from the Nuclear Engineering University Program (NEUP) of the the U.S. Department of Energy. 

Fuel Cycle Research and Development

Peter Hosemann, PI: Developing a macro-scale SiC-cladding behavior model based on localized mechanical and
thermal property evaluation on pre- and post-irradiation SiC-SiC composites

Reactor Concepts Research Development and Demonstration (RCRD&D)

 


Upcoming Events

The Department of Nuclear Engineering regularly hosts lectures and colloquia from academic and industry professionals. Past colloquia can be found within the Colloquium Archive.

Stay tuned for future event announcements.