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.