Nuclear Fuels and Materials

Nuclear Fuels and Materials


Nuclear fuels and materials is the study of material behavior in radiation and reactor environments, including defect formation and evolution, fission product behavior, environmental degradation, and high-temperature behavior. At UF, we apply experimental and computational approaches to investigate oxidation and corrosion, light-water reactor (LWR) and advanced fuel behavior, radiation damage in 2D and functional materials, and radiation behavior of structural materials. We use advanced facilities at UF, including microscopy facilities for radioactive materials and the HiperGator supercomputer.


Photo of Assel Aitkaliyeva Assel AitkaliyevaAssistant Professor
Work 176 Rhines Hall (352) 846-3778

Ph.D., 2012, Texas A&M University

Research Interests: Nuclear Fuels and Materials, with emphasis on characterization and property evaluation; Mechanical and Thermal properties of materials; Reactor Irradiation; Radiation damage in materials; Ion Implantation; Kinetics; Composites; Nanostructured materials; Multi-Scale simulation of nuclear fuel.

Lab Website: MAterials for Nuclear Advancement and Technology in Extreme Environments (MANATEE) Group

Photo of Michael Tonks Michael TonksProfessor, Alumni Professor of Materials Science & Engineering and MSE Undergraduate Coordinator
Work 158 Rhines Hall (352) 846-3779

Ph.D., 2008, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Research Interests: Computational materials science, Computational mechanics, Coevolution of microstructure and properties, Materials in Harsh Environments, Mesoscale modeling and simulation, Nuclear materials, Numerical methods

Lab Website: Tonks Research Group

Photo of Nathalie Wall Nathalie WallProfesssor
Work 323 MAE Building (352) 273-0279

Ph.D., 1993, University of Paris, XI

Research Interests: Radiochemistry, Nuclear Wastes, Nuclear Forensics, Nuclear Fuel Cycle, Environmental Behavior of Radionuclides

Lab Website: Wall Research

Photo of Yong Yang Yong YangAssociate Professor
Work 202A Rhines Hall (352) 846-3791

Ph. D., 2005, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Interests: structural and fuel materials for nuclear energy systems; LWRs sustainability and aging management; advanced fabrication and joining technologies; used fuel dry storage and disposition.

Lab Website: MAterials for Nuclear Advancement and Technology in Extreme Environments (MANATEE) Group