6/18/2018

Exciting new collaboration!

The U.S. Department of Energy awarded approximately $47 million to support 63 U.S. university-led nuclear energy research and development projects in 29 states. The most exciting one for us is the project 18-14912 “Bridging length scales on mechanical property evaluation” from University of California-Berkeley, because Dr. Aitkaliyeva and her students get to collaborate with Dr. Hosemann and his research group.  The study aims to gain fundamental understanding of plasticity interactions with specific strength-determining features, such as precipitates and grain boundaries. The goal of this work is to provide the basis to add small-scale mechanical testing in the toolbox for nuclear materials research. 


6/18/2018

US DOE FY 2018 Infrastructure Grant is awarded to Dr. Aitkaliyeva

The U.S. Department of Energy awarded approximately $5 million to 18 colleges and universities to support reactor infrastructure and general scientific infrastructure improvements. These awards strengthen U.S. competitiveness in nuclear research and development and ensure the American universities have the best equipment and tools available to educate the next generation of industry leaders. University of Florida was awarded a general scientific infrastructure grant that will: enhance the capabilities of the Integrated Nuclear Fuel and Structural Materials (INFSM) research center by adding a mechanical testing facility by upgrading the MTS 100 kN Landmark Test System for radiological work and expanding the existing microstructural characterization capabilities by installing an EDAX electron backscattering diffraction/energy dispersive spectroscopy (EBSD/EDS) unit on the focused ion beam (FIB) tool.

 

Also congratulations to Dr. Enqvist for receiving Reactor Upgrades grant! Go Gators!


6/15/2018

Charlyne attends Millennial Nuclear Caucus at INL

One of the benefits of a summer internship at a national laboratory is the ability to participate in various activities. For example, Charlyne was able to attend the Millennial Nuclear Caucus at INL, which is supported by the Department of Energy (DOE) and aimed to bring together the next generation of leaders in nuclear innovation. The discussions included innovative technologies in nuclear, the path forward for the industry, and what can be done in the meantime. Join the conversation on social media using #NuclearVisionary. 


6/4/2018

Riley’s review paper is now available online

Riley’s first author article on MOX fuels has been published in Journal of Nuclear Materials! Congratulations!


5/21/2018

NSUF awards rapid turnaround experiment research proposals

Congratulations to Riley Parrish and Casey McKinney for receiving Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF) rapid turnaround experiment (RTE) funding! Rapid Turnaround Experiments offer researchers the opportunity to perform quick analysis of a small number of samples. Riley’s proposal “TEM analysis of Irradiated MOX fuel” and Casey’s proposal “EPMA Characterization of Actinide Redistribution and Fission Product Composition in MOX Fuels” have been selected from a large pool of proposals submitted by national laboratories and US universities. What is even more exciting, Riley’s project utilizes new NSUF partner facility – NFMC! Well done! Full list of awarded projects can be accessed here.


5/19/2018

Dr. Aitkaliyeva mentors at the 8th Annual Leadership Conference for Girls

The 8th Annual Leadership Conference for Girls was organized by Ladies Learning to Lead (L3) , which is a Florida nonprofit organization that provides professional leadership development training and life skills to young ladies in middle and high school. Dr. Aitkaliyeva had the pleasure of participating in the e.S.T.E.A.M. Mentor Lunch: Learning and Networking with Professionals in the Fields of Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. She had a great time meeting with a number of exceptional girls, who are on track to become leaders of their communities. 


5/14/2018

Riley Parrish, Charlyne Smith, and Casey McKinney have been selected for prestigious internships at national laboratories! Riley and Casey will spend the summer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Charlyne at Idaho National Laboratory. They will be exposed to cutting-edge research and networking opportunities, and the group is celebrating their success.


4/10/2018

Congratulations to Cynthia Adkins for successfully passing her oral proposal defense on the thermal conductivity of single phase U-Zr alloys. She has officially advanced into doctoral candidacy!


4/3/2018

Charlyne receives prestigious NSF fellowship!

Charlyne Smith has been selected to receive 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship. The selection was based on her demonstrated potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the U.S. science and engineering enterprise. Congratulations, Charlyne! Read more about it here.


2/12/2018

Did you see the February issue of Nuclear News?

Check it out, Riley is on the cover of Nuclear News! Nuclear News is the official magazine of American Nuclear Society (ANS) and is recognized as the flagship trade publication for the nuclear field. News reports cover plant operations, maintenance, security, international developments, waste management, fuel, and industry. The magazine has been published by the American Nuclear Society since 1959. February issue highlights NSUF capabilities, including University of Florida’s NFMC! The latest issue of the magazine can be accessed here


2/1/2018

NSUF awards rapid turnaround experiment research proposals

Congratulations to Riley Parrish, Charlyne Smith, Matthew Cook, and Dr. Yang for receiving Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF) rapid turnaround experiment (RTE) funding! Rapid Turnaround Experiments offer researchers the opportunity to perform quick analysis of a small number of samples. Riley’s proposal “Microstructural characterization of ~7% burn-up MOX fuel”; Charlyne’s proposal “Atom probe tomography of fission gas bubble superlattice in U-Mo fuel”; Matt’s proposal “Fission Product Distribution Comparison in Irradiated and Safety Tested AGR-1 and AGR-2 TRISO Fuel Particles”; and Dr. Yang’s proposal “Understand the Fission Products Behavior and Irradiation Effects in UCO Fuel Kernels of Irradiated AGR-1 and AGR-2 TRISO Fuel Particles Using Titan Themis 200 with ChemiSTEM Capability” have been selected from a large pool of proposals submitted by national laboratories and US universities. What is even more exciting, Matt’s project utilizes new NSUF partner facility – NFMC! Well done! Full list of awarded projects can be accessed here.


11/15/2017

Congratulations to Chi Xu for successfully defending his PhD thesis dissertation on “Developing Microstructure – Property Correlation in the Advanced Austenitic Stainless Steels as Candidate Materials for the Next-Gen Nuclear Rector”. Congratulations, Dr. Xu!


10/24/2017

Congratulations to Zhangbo Li for successfully defending his PhD thesis dissertation on the effects of neutron irradiation and thermal aging on cast austenitic stainless steel and stainless steel weld phase stability. Way to go, Dr. Li! 


9/20/2017

NSUF awards rapid turnaround experiment research proposals

Congratulations to Riley Parrish and Drs. Yang and Aitkaliyeva for receiving Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF) rapid turnaround experiment (RTE) funding! Rapid Turnaround Experiments offer researchers the opportunity to perform quick analysis of a small number of samples. Riley’s two proposals “Microstructural characterization of 13% burn-up MOX fuel” and “Microstructural characterization of 21% bur-up MOX fuel”; Dr. Yang’s proposal “Characterize the irradiated microstructure and understand the fission product behavior in an irradiated and safety tested AGR-1 TRISO fuel particle new proposal”; and Dr. Aitkaliyeva’s proposal “Pore size distribution in U-Mo fuel irradiated to low burn-up” have been selected from a large pool of proposals submitted by national laboratories and US universities. 


8/21/2017

MANATEE Group is excited to welcome new group members!

Manatee group is expanding and we are excited to welcome 6 new group members who all start this Fall. Casey McKinney (MSE), Charlyne Smith (NE), Tanvi Ajantiwalay (MSE), Cynthia Papesch (MSE), and Aappajosula (Yashu) Rao (MSE) are starting to work on their Ph.Ds, and Matthew Cook (NE) on M.S. degree. Welcome to the University of Florida, Materials Science and Engineering Department, Nuclear Engineering Program, and to the MANATEE group! Go Gators!

Get know them here.

 


7/21/2017

Nuclear Fuels and Materials Characterization Facility (NFMC) becomes part of NSUF!

University of Florida’s NFMC was selected as a partner facility by Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF). NSUF was established by Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) in 2010 and to this date remains DOE NE’s first and only user facility. Through NSUF, users are provided access (at no cost to the researcher) to world-class nuclear research facilities, technical expertise from experienced scientists and engineers, and assistance with experiment design, assembly, safety analysis and examination. We are excited to be selected as a partner and encourage users to request access to NFMC through NSUF (remember, it’s cost free to the user!). 


6/19/2017

US DOE FY 2017 University Infrastructure Grant is awarded to Dr. Yang

The U.S. Department of Energy awarded approximately $6 million to 19 colleges and universities to support reactor infrastructure and general scientific infrastructure improvements. These awards strengthen U.S. competitiveness in nuclear research and development and ensure the American universities have the best equipment and tools available to educate the next generation of industry leaders. University of Florida was awarded a general scientific infrastructure grant that will: 1. Fill the nationally wide need gap for Irradiation Assisted Stress Corrosion Cracking (IASCC) test facility in order to support the materials degradation and advanced nuclear materials development for the LWR Sustainability (LWRS) program.  2. Support the on-going, under-review and near future nuclear materials research at the University of Florida.  3. Train the next generation of work force for nuclear engineering R&D sector with radioactive materials hands-on experience. 


5/11/2017

Check out the new Nuclear Fuels and Materials Characterization Facility (NFMC)

The core function of the facility is to provide microstructural characterization and mechanical properties evaluation of nuclear fuels and materials. The facility is brand new; the equipment installation has been completed in May and the facility is ready for use. The laboratory is dedicated to supporting radiological work and we can’t be more excited! We now have FEI Helios dual beam FIB/SEM, FEI Tecnai F20 TEM, Hysitron PI 88 SEM PicoIndenter, and MTS 100 kN Landmark Test System available for testing our samples. FIB is equipped with EDAX EBSD/EDS detectors and an in-situ mechanical testing unit (Hysitron PI 88 SEM PicoIndenter). The PicoIndenter has two load ranges: low load option (up to 100 mN) and high load (up to 500 mN with a travel of 150 um). In addition, it is equipped with heating capability up to 800C that will enable nanomechanics measurements in-situ and it’s particularly important for oxidation sensitive materials such as U and Zr. TEM is equipped with EDS and a variety of holders (single tilt, double tilt, tomography). The large mechanical scale equipment can be configured for a wide array of tests, including durability, fatigue crack growth, high-cycle fatigue, low-cycle fatigue, fracture toughness, tension, compression, and more. The controlled atmosphere furnace can test materials up to 1600C. If desired, additional shielding will be added for testing specimens with a relatively high radioactivity.

 


4/26/2017

NSUF awards funding to Riley, Zheng, and Zhangbo!

Congratulations to Riley Parrish, Zheng Zhang, and Zhangbo Li for receiving Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF) rapid turnaround experiment (RTE) funding! Rapid Turnaround Experiments offer researchers the opportunity to perform quick analysis of a small number of samples. Riley’s proposal “Microstructural characterization of 3% burn-up MOX fuel”, Zheng’s proposal “Pore size distribution in U-Mo fuel irradiated to high burn-up”, and Zhangbo’s proposal “TEM investigation of radiation damage of ferrite in CF-3” have been selected from a large pool of proposals submitted by national laboratories and US universities. Well done!


3/23/2017

Congratulations to Riley Parrish for successfully passing his oral proposal defense on the 3-D mapping of radial chemistry and microstructural evolution in varying stage burn-ups mixed oxide fuels. He has officially advanced into doctoral candidacy!


3/18/2017

Professor Yang among other three MSE faculty has been awarded the University of Florida Term Professorship. This award recognizes faculty achievements and excellence in research, teaching, and service. Congratulations, Dr. Yang!


3/14/2017

MANATEE

Drs. Aitkaliyeva and Yang decided to combine two groups into one nuclear fuels and materials group at UF. The new group name is MANATEE (MAterials for Nuclear Advancement and Technology in Extreme Environments). We are updating our website, more information will be available soon. 


2/2/2017

Welcome Dr. Aitkaliyeva!

Department of Materials Science and Engineering Welcomes Assistant Professor Assel Aitkaliyeva  

Dr. Assel Aitkaliyeva is joining the Nuclear Engineering Program in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering as an Assistant Professor.  She arrives from Idaho National Laboratory where she previously worked as a staff scientist.  Her expertise is in advanced characterization of nuclear fuels using advanced electron microscopy tools such as the Focused Ion Beam (FIB), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Atom Probe Tomography (APT), and Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD).

I appreciate you joining me in providing a warm welcome for Dr. Aitkaliyeva.


Michele V. Manuel
Professor and Chair
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
100 Rhines Hall
549 Gale Lemerand Drive
P.O. Box 116400
Gainesville, Florida 32611-6400
University of Florida
www.mse.ufl.edu


12/26/2017

NSUF awards funding to Riley Parrish!

Congratulations to Riley Parrish for receiving Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF) rapid turnaround experiment (RTE) funding to conduct his work on mixed oxide (MOX) fuels! Rapid Turnaround Experiments offer researchers the opportunity to perform quick analysis of a small number of samples. Riley’s proposal 17-812 “Microstructural characterization of 23% burn-up MOX fuel” has been selected from a large pool of proposals submitted by national laboratories and US universities. Riley is a main PI on the proposal and he will conduct the work at Idaho National Laboratory in the summer.