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ORNL researcher earns prestigious award for paper
OAK RIDGE, Tenn.,
Feb. 22, 2007
An Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientist has won the inaugural Nuclear Fusion Award from the International Atomic Energy Agency for a paper on making fusion reactors efficient enough to produce power in this century.
Masanori Murakami, a distinguished R&D research staffer within ORNL's Fusion Energy Division, co-authored the paper along with a group of contributing authors that included M.R. Wade - formerly of ORNL and currently with General Atomics of San Diego. The lead author is T.C. Luce of General Atomics.
The paper's focus dealt with projecting a more energy efficient method to burn plasma in a fusion reactor while lessening a potential for structural damage in the reactor.
ORNL is managing the U.S. role in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), a multi-national reactor project to harness the power of fusion - the process that heats the sun and stars.
Murakami has been with ORNL since 1969. He earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Japan's Nagoya Institute of Technology, a master's degree in electrical engineering from Kyoto University and a doctorate in nuclear engineering from MIT.
He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and has authored and/or refereed more than 1,000 publications.
Murakami and his wife, Keiko, have three children and reside in Oak Ridge.
ORNL is managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy.