Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering graduate student Yue Fan won the Young Scientist Best Presentation Award at the Nuclear Materials Conference (NuMat) for his paper titled "Microstructural Evolution of Vacancy Clusters in bcc Fe: Kinetics at the Experimental Time Scales." The award, for originality of the research and quality of the presentation, was presented at the inaugural NuMat held on Oct. 4-7 in Karlsruhe, Germany.
The paper was co-authored with Akihiro Kushima and professors Sidney Yip and Bilge Yildiz of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. It discusses a new approach at the atomic scale to predict irradiated microstructure evolution at long-time scales, beyond the reach of traditional atomistic simulations.
NuMat, formed in association with Journal of Nuclear Materials, serves as an umbrella for international meetings on nuclear materials science for fission reactors, including the nuclear fuel cycle and is intended to be an international key scientific forum in the field.