2016 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 2016 Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards. In addition to cash awards, winning students may have other opportunities including participating in the Innovators' Forum or the American Nuclear Society Winter Meeting.

Winners of the Open Competition

Advanced Fuels
Elizabeth Getto
First Place
Elizabeth Getto
University of Michigan
Effect of Irradiation Mode on the Microstructure of Self-Ion Irradiated Ferritic-Martensitic Alloys
Michael Reichenberger
Second Place
Michael Reichenberger
Kansas State University
Advances in the Development and Testing of Micro-Pocket Fission Detectors


Material Protection, Control, and Accountancy
Marc Paff
First Place
Marc Paff
University of Michigan
Organic Liquid Scintillation Detectors for On-The-Fly Neutron/Gamma Alarming and Radionuclide Identification in A Pedestrian Radiation Portal Monitor
Marc Ruch
Second Place
Marc Ruch
University of Michigan
Pulse Shape Discrimination Performance of Stilbene Coupled to Low-Noise Silicon Photomultipliers

Material Recovery and Waste Form Development
Marek Piechowicz
First Place
Marek Piechowicz
University of Chicago
Design, Synthesis, and Characterization of a Bifunctional Chelator with Ultrahigh Capacity for Uranium Uptake from Seawater Simulant
Charles Cao
Second Place
Charles Cao
Rutgers University
A Novel Approach towards Synthesis of Apatite Based Ceramic Waste Forms for Immobilization of Radioactive Iodine (129I)

Nuclear Science and Engineering
Daniel Mast
First Place
Daniel Mast
University of Nevada at Las Vegas
Equation of State for Technetium from X-Ray Diffraction and First-Principle Calculations
Jaron Senecal
Second Place
Jaron Senecal
Rensselaer Polytechnic University
A Modified Tightly Coupled Method for Reactor Transient Simulations

Used Fuel Disposition
Rachel Pope
First Place
Rachel Pope
Clemson University
Evaluation of Bentonite Engineered Barrier Performance Under Repository Conditions: Diffusion of Np(V) Through Montmorillonite

Winners of the Competition for Students Attending Universities with Less than $600 Million in 2014 Science and Engineering R&D Expenditures

Bradley Childs
Bradley Childs
University of Nevada at Las Vegas
The Nature of the Volatile Technetium Species Formed During Vitrification of Borosilicate Glass
Mario Gonzalez
Mario Gonzalez
University of Utah
Application of a One-Dimensional Transient Electrorefiner Model to Predict Partitioning of Plutonium from Curium in a Pyrochemical Spent Fuel Treatment Process

John Kiernicki
John Kiernicki
Purdue University
Reductive Silylation of Cp*UO2(MesPDIMe) Promoted by Lewis Bases
Nicholas Luciano
Nicholas Luciano
University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Modeling and Simulation of an Operational VVER-1000 Benchmark with NESTLE

Michael Servis
Michael Servis
Colorado School of Mines
A Molecular Dynamics Study of Tributyl Phosphate and Diamyl Amyl Phosphonate Self-Aggregation in Dodecane and Octane

Winners of the Undergraduate Competition

Hunter Andrews
Hunter Andrews
Virginia Commonwealth University
Measurement and Analysis of Exchange Current Density of Lanthanides in LiCl-KCl Eutectic Salt
Jason Becker
Jason Becker
Purdue University
A Comparative Study of Single-pulse and Double-pulse Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy with Uranium-containing Samples

Hi Vo
Hi Vo
University of California at Berkeley
Small-Scale Mechanical Testing on Proton Beam-Irradiated 304 SS from Room Temperature to Reactor Operation Temperature