2015 Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Award Winners

The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy, Office of Fuel Cycle Technologies, congratulates the following winners of the 2015 Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards. In addition to cash awards, winning students may have other opportunities including participating in the Innovators' Forum, the American Nuclear Society Winter Meeting, or the Fuel Cycle Technologies Annual Meeting.

Winners of the Open Competition

Advanced Fuels
Stephen Raiman
First Place
Stephen Raiman
University of Michigan
A Facility for Studying Irradiation Accelerated Corrosion in High Temperature Water
Andrew Dykhuis
Second Place
Andrew Dykhuis
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
HOGNOSE: A New Model for Corrosion in PWRs

Energy Policy
Urairisa Phathanapirom
First Place
Urairisa Phathanapirom
University of Texas at Austin
Hedging Against Uncertainty in the Nuclear Fuel Cycle
Andrea Gardiner
Second Place
Andrea Gardiner
Vanderbilt University
Development and Testing of a Decision Framework and Decision Tool for Determining Fuel Cycle Preferences

Material Protection, Control, and Accountancy
Devin Rappleye
First Place
Devin Rappleye
University of Utah
Simulated Response of Electrochemical Sensors for Monitoring Molten-Salt Fueled Reactors
Matthew Marcath
Second Place
Matthew Marcath
University of Michigan
An Implicit Correlation Method for Cross-Correlation Sampling, with MCNPX-PoliMi Validation

Material Recovery and Waste Form Development
Daniel Griffin
First Place
Daniel Griffin
Georgia Institute of Technology
Controlled Crystallization of Salts from Nuclear Waste Solutions
Kimberly Mullane
Second Place
Kimberly Mullane
University of Pennsylvania
Anomalous One-electron Processes in the Chemistry of Uranium Nitrogen Multiple Bonds

Nuclear Science and Engineering
William Boyd
First Place
William Boyd
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The OpenMOC Method of Characteristics Neutral Particle Transport Code
Jonathan Wormald
Second Place
Jonathan Wormald
North Carolina State University
Examination of the Impact of Electron-Phonon Coupling on Fission Enhanced Diffusion in Uranium Dioxide Using Classical Molecular Dynamics

Used Fuel Disposition
Elizabeth Pedrick
First Place
Elizabeth Pedrick
University of California at Santa Barbara
Reductive Silylation of a Uranyl Dibenzoylmethanate Complex: An Example of Controlled Uranyl Oxo Ligand Cleavage
Remy Devoe
Second Place
Remy Devoe
University of Tennessee
COBRA-SFS Dry Cask Modeling Sensitivities in High-Capacity Canisters

Winners of the Competition for Students Attending Universities with Less than $600 Million in 2012 Science and Engineering R&D Expenditures

Samantha Cary
Samantha Cary
Florida State University
Emergence of Californium as the Second Transitional Element in the Actinide Series
Ryan Collette
Ryan Collette
Colorado School of Mines
Automated Characterization of Uranium-Molybdenum Fuel Microstructures

Charles Folsom
Charles Folsom
Utah State University
Experimental Measurement and Numerical Modeling of the Effective Thermal Conductivity of TRISO Fuel Compacts
Elizabeth Krahn
Elizabeth Krahn
Washington State University
Probing Ligand Exchange Kinetics in Actinide/Lanthanide Solvent Extraction Systems using NMR Spectrometry

Christopher Morrison
Christopher Morrison
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Feasibility Study of Solid Matrix Fuels for Space Power Reactors

Winner of the Undergraduate Competition

Amanda Lewis
Amanda Lewis
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Data Analysis for Neutron Capture Measurements in Lead Slowing Down Spectrometer