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Binder leads ORNL's Nuclear Science and Engineering Directorate

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 2, 2012 — Jeffrey Binder has been appointed associate laboratory director for Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Binder has led the Nuclear Science and Engineering Directorate (NSED) on an interim basis since November 2011.

In 2003, Binder came to ORNL following a 13-year tenure at Argonne National Laboratory. Since his arrival at ORNL he has been primarily interested in the development of nuclear technology for the production of energy, the production of isotopes and for use as a general scientific tool.

Binder has worked within the laboratory and the DOE complex to advance national priorities related to nuclear technology development and application. He is well known and highly regarded within the domestic and international nuclear communities.

Binder has presided over the renewal of ORNL's isotope program, which included the restart of the production of transcurium elements, the construction of new capabilities to separate stable isotopes and the initiation of new R&D investment into the development of isotopes for medical applications. In 2011 Binder led the formation of a new research division at ORNL -- the Fuel Cycle and Isotopes Division -- and served as its director before stepping in as associate laboratory director for NSED.

Binder earned his bachelor of science, master of science and doctoral degrees in nuclear engineering from the University of Illinois in 1985, 1987 and 1990 respectively. In 2003, he earned a masters of business administration from the University of Chicago.

Over the course of his career, Binder has authored and co-authored over one hundred technical articles, reports and book chapters. He has been recognized for several awards, including ORNL's R&D Director of the Year and Secretary of Energy's Significant Achievement Award, both in 2011.

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