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Gaffin and Solomon Receive Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards

Neal Gaffin and Alexandre Solomon.

Neal Gaffin, left, and Alexandre Solomon

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.