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October 2020

Rapid Nuclear Materials Discovery Through Innovative Approaches to Characterization

October 5, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Dr. Kevin Field Associate Professor Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences University of Michigan Abstract: Materials can play a pivotal role in advancing the state of nuclear energy both domestically and abroad by increasing safety, efficiency, and operational lifetime. Until recently, most advances in materials design for nuclear energy have been incremental – slight changes of composition here or tweaks in microstructure there. This talk will focus on research directions to enable rapid breakthroughs in the development of advanced…

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Restoring connection: evolution of engineered cover designs for abandoned legacy waste with respect to Indigenous People

October 12, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Dr. Carrie Nuva Joseph (Hopi) Postdoctoral Research Fellow Center for Indigenous Environmental Health Research University of Arizona Abstract: The US EPA estimates there are approximately 15,000 defense-related abandoned uranium mines located in 14 states with an estimated 75% on federal and tribal land. Of those locations, over 500 abandoned mines and 1100 features are in the Four-Corners region. Uranium mill tailings, often referred to as legacy waste, comprise the largest volume of any category of radioactive waste in the Nation.…

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ARG-US Remote Monitoring Systems for Packagings of Nuclear and Other Radioactive Materials

October 19, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

 Dr. Yung Liu   Senior Nuclear Engineer and Manager   Packaging Certification & Life Cycle Management Program   Decision and Infrastructure Sciences Division   Argonne National Laboratory Abstract: In this talk, I will describe the ARG-US (meaning watchful guardian) remote monitoring systems technology developed by Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne) under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy Packaging Certification Program, Office of Packaging and Transportation, Office of Environmental Management. Over the past 12 years, Argonne has developed, demonstrated, and…

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Impact of radiation-induced changes in dimension, mechanical properties and composition of reactor structural components

October 26, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SPEAKER: Francis "Frank" A. Garner Research Scientist, Nuclear Engineering Department of Texas A&M University Professor, Department of Materials Science of Moscow Engineering Physics Institute President, Radiation Effects Consulting LLC DATE/TIME: MON, 10/26/2020 - 4:00PM TO 5:00PM Fall 2020 Colloquium Series Abstract: The economics and safety of nuclear reactors often is limited more by issues concerning structural materials than by fuel or nuclear issues. When subjected to neutron irradiation at elevated temperatures alloys used to construct the structural components of nuclear reactors undergo extensive changes in microstructure, microchemistry and often phase…

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November 2020

Nuclear Energy: Essential to the Energy Transition

November 2, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

SPEAKER: William D. Magwood Director-General, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) DATE/TIME: MON, 11/02/2020 - 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Fall 2020 Colloquium Series Abstract: Around the world, governments are taking actions intended to lead to a new, environmentally sustainable energy framework.  Whether or not all these efforts will be successful, they are already disruptive and present challenges for the nuclear sector today and into the future.  NEA Director-General Magwood will discuss current challenges to the nuclear industry and present recent…

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Isotope Production: Occupation and/or Adventure

November 9, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SPEAKER: Dr. Etienne Vermeulen Senior Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory DATE/TIME: MON, 11/09/2020 - 4:00PM TO 5:00PM Fall 2020 Colloquium Series Abstract: Radioisotope production is a fascinating field of study that encompasses multiple disciplines, ranging from nuclear physics and chemistry to nuclear engineering and medical science. Users of isotope include fields as diverse diagnostic and therapeutic medicine, nuclear forensics, geochronology, antimatter research, cosmology and high energy physics. This lecture follows a semi-autobiographical path of the speaker around the world, producing isotopes for…

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Isotope Production: Occupation and/or Adventure

November 9, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SPEAKER: Etienne Vermeulen DATE/TIME: MON, 11/09/2020 - 4:00PM TO 5:00PM Fall 2020 Colloquium Series Abstract: Radioisotope production is a fascinating field of study that encompasses multiple disciplines, ranging from nuclear physics and chemistry to nuclear engineering and medical science. Users of isotope include fields as diverse diagnostic and therapeutic medicine, nuclear forensics, geochronology, antimatter research,  cosmology, and high energy physics. This lecture follows a semi-autobiographical path of the speaker around the world, producing isotopes for all the disciplines mentioned above and more,…

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Complex Oxides in the Nuclear Fuel Cycle – New Activities at UC Irvine

November 16, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SPEAKER: Sarah Finkeldei Assistant Professor Department of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering at UCI DATE/TIME: MON, 11/16/2020 - 4:00PM TO 5:00PM Fall 2020 Colloquium Series Abstract: Complex oxides with fluorite derived structures play a key role in the nuclear fuel cycle context. We enhance wet-chemical synthesis routes, e.g. co-precipitation or internal gelation, to fabricate tailor-made precursors for advanced nuclear fuel forms as well as potential nuclear waste forms with the defect fluorite or pyrochlore crystal structure. Utilizing state-of-the-art-characterization techniques such as…

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A Nexus in Radiation Dosimetry: Convergence and Divergence in Radiation Protection, Nuclear Medicine, and Nuclear Security

November 23, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SPEAKER: Shaheen Dewji DATE/TIME: MON, 11/23/2020 - 4:00PM TO 5:00PM Fall 2020 Colloquium Series In recent decades, the role of computational dosimetry has emerged in support of radiation protection regulation in occupational and medical exposures of workers, members of the public, environmental management, and nuclear medicine patients. Dosimetric approaches in radiation protection and nuclear medicine have evolved hand-in-hand, but have reached a nexus in which there is a convergence and divergence between representative "reference" models (one-size-fits-all) vs. individualized models. In this presentation,…

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Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering: Fusion Research Overview

November 30, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SPEAKER: Anne White DATE/TIME: MON, 11/30/2020 - 4:00PM TO 5:00PM LOCATION: 3105 ETCHEVERRY HALL Fall 2020 Colloquium Series Abstract: Research in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) spans fission, fusion, security & policy, quantum engineering, and materials in extreme environments. An integrated focus on advanced computational modeling and simulation underlies all research areas in the department. Advanced fission reactors, upgraded existing plants, and new fuel cycle strategies will redefine nuclear power's role in addressing climate change. In NSE we conduct…

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