Steve Zinkle

Governor's Chair for Nuclear Materials

Phone: 865-974-2525

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Steve Zinkle is the Governor's Chair for nuclear materials investigating the effect of radiation on materials in fission and fusion nuclear reactors. His research aims to develop high-performance, radiation-resistant materials for advanced nuclear fission and fusion energy applications. He is also researching accident-tolerant fuel systems for reactors in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster in Japan.

Topics of expertise: Physical metallurgy of structural materials, effects of ion and neutron irradiation on the microstructure, transmission electron microscopy, and fusion and space fission reactor materials studies.