Center for Materials Science of Nuclear Fuel


Todd Allen

Lead Institution:

Idaho National Laboratory


To develop an experimentally validated multi-scale computational capability for the predictive understanding of the impact of microstructure on thermal transport in nuclear fuel under irradiation, with ultimate application to UO2 as a model system.

Research Topics:

phonons, thermal conductivity, nuclear (including radiation effects), defects, materials and chemistry by design

Materials Studied:

MATERIALS: actinide
INTERFACES: solid/solid

Experimental and Theoretical Methods:

X-ray diffraction and scattering, neutron diffraction and scattering, laser diagnostics, molecular dynamics (MD), quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, continuum modeling, mesoscale modeling, finite element method, multiscale modeling, extreme scale computing

Map of institutions in EFRC

Partner Institutions:

  • University of Florida
  • Idaho National Laboratory
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Purdue University
  • University of Wisconsin at Madison 

BES Staff Contact:

John Vetrano
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