Maarten de Boer Recieves Seed Grant from the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation-Mechanical Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Maarten de Boer Recieves Seed Grant from the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation

In collaboration with research scientist, Yoosuf Picard, in CMU's Materials Science & Engineering department, Associate Professor, Maarten de Boer will leverage a seed grant from the Scott Institute to explore materials that can be used in nuclear reactors for longer periods of time.  Ultimately the work may have a tremendous impact on both the U.S. and the world's energy portfolio. 

Together, they will develop advanced in-situ techniques to test new material architectures that are proposed to be irradiation-resistant.  Testing will be done while the materials are simultaneously subjected to high mechanical stress, high temperature and ion irradiation.  By simulating realistic conditions, they will assess long-term reliability.

De Boer and Picard will process materials in CMU's well-equipped nanofabrication facility.

For more information on the Scott Institute's seed grants, see this press release by the College of Engineering.