Recent publications relevant to nuclear technology have earned nuclear engineering PhD students Neal Gaffin and Alexandre Solomon an Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Award.
Gaffin won second place in the open competition in the category of advanced fuels. His award-winning research paper, “Consolidation Behavior of Mo30W Alloy Using Spark Plasma Sintering,” was published in the International Journal of Refractory Metals and Hard Materials in April 2022.
Solomon won a prize in the competition for students at universities with less than $600 million in 2020 R&D expenditures. His award-winning research paper, “Transformations to Amorphous and X-Type Phases in Swift Heavy Ion-Irradiated Ln2O3 and Mn2O3,” was published in the Journal of Applied Physics in June 2021.
The Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards program, sponsored by the US Department of Energy and Office of Nuclear Fuel and Supply Chain, awarded 22 prizes this year. Award winners received a monetary gift and will have opportunities to participate in events that are designed to engage students in advancing innovations in nuclear technology research.