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Rodger C. Martin
Research Associate
Nuclear Materials Science & Technology Group
Materials Science & Technology Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
P.O.Box 2008
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6295
Phone: (865) 576-2280
Fax: (865) 576-7862

Research Interests:

  • Fuel performance and fission product transport in advanced nuclear fuels and space reactors
  • Characterization and testing of irradiated materials, including radiation transport and damage
  • Development and fabrication of miniature high-activity 252Cf neutron sources for cancer therapy
  • Application of laser spectroscopy for remote, in situ elemental analysis in radiation environments


  • Ph.D., 1990, University of California, Los Angeles, Fusion Engineering and Applied Plasma Physics
    • Thesis: Simulation of Charge Generation and Transport in Semiconductors Under Energetic Particle Bombardment
  • M.S., 1986, University of Illinois at Urbana, Nuclear Engineering
    • Thesis: Application of Multivariate Statistical Methods to the Analysis of Ancient Turkish Potsherds
  • B.S. in Chemistry, 1981, Magna Cum Laude, Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pa.


  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Irradiated Fuel Examination Laboratory (IFEL), Materials Science & Technology Division (formerly Metals & Ceramics Division):
    • Program Manager, Irradiated Fuels Examination Laboratory, 2003-present:
      • Coordinate program in post-irradiation examination, testing, and materials characterization of advanced nuclear fuels for specialized applications.
      • Set up a materials characterization laboratory to test properties (strength and structure) of unirradiated and irradiated specimens.
      • Coordinate radioactive material shipments and cask handling at the IFEL
      • Planning of upgrades for hot cell and radiological equipment and infrastructure.
      • Customizedscanning electron microscope procuredfor hot cell and lab use.
    • Fuel Development Working Group, Space Reactor Technology Program, 2004-2005:
      • Participate in national Department of Energy working group to evaluate advanced nuclear fuels, materials, and reactor designs for space applications, for technical input to NASA mission planning.
      • Evaluate European nuclear fuel performance code, TRANSURANUS, for simulation of advanced nuclear fuel, cladding, and coolant combinations in space reactor design screening efforts.
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Radiochemical Engineering Development Center (REDC), Nuclear Science and Technology Division (formerly Chemical Technology Division):
    • Director, Californium User Facility for Neutron Science, 1997-2003
    • Californium Program Development and Analysis Group Leader, 1999-2002
    • Californium Neutron Source Group Leader, 1996-1999
      • Established the REDC Californium Facility as an ORNL User Facility.
      • Coordinate planning and experimentation by researchers at the Cf User Facility using high-intensity neutron sources, and follow-up transportation of irradiated samples as needed.
    • Procured seed money funding for reactivating effort in miniaturizing 252Cf medical sources.
    • CRADA Principal Investigator for developing miniature, high-intensity 252Cf sources for cancer therapy, with successful fabrication of first prototype sources in 2002.
    • Supervise 252Cf source fabrication; write newsletters and provide technical contact for the 252Cf user community; promote loan of neutron sources under DOE's Cf Industrial/University Loan Program.
    • Organize technical sessions on 252Cf applications at American Nuclear Society conferences.  Member of organizing committee for IRRMA-V conference, Bologna, Italy, June 2002.
    • Co-PI on project for remote, in situ monitoring of toxic metal emissions from smokestacks.
    • Served as ORNL coordinator and thesis advisor in an M.S. Program in Radiochemical Engineering initiative at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
    • Product Development Group Leader, 1993-1996:
      • Supervise heavy element production and distribution activities at the REDC, with emphasis on 252Cf source fabrication and transportation, and curium oxide target fabrication.
      • Perform in-reactor thermal qualification calculations for irradiation of curium target rods.
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Metals and Ceramics Division Research Staff, 1990-1993:
    • Model fission product transport and analyze fuel performance data for modular high-temperature gas-cooled reactors (MHTGRs) for DOE New Production Reactor Program.
    • Comprehensive model compilation of fuel performance and fission product transport in MHTGRs.
    • Develop hot cell procedures to deconsolidate irradiated fuel compacts for analysis of fuel particles.
    • Initiated program in material characterization of SiC coatings within fuel particles.

Academic Experience:

  • Adjunct Graduate Faculty, Wayne State University Medical Physics Program, 1997-1999
    • Student doctoral thesis committee member (cancer treatments using 252Cf neutron sources).
  • Postgraduate Researcher, Fusion Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, 1985-1990
    • Radiation effects modeling of cosmic-ion-induced single event upset in semiconductors.
    • Engineering of fusion reactor blankets for tritium breeding: analyzed radiation effects, tritium transport, chemical properties, and coolant-material compatibilities.
  • Research Assistant, Nuclear Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana, 1984-1985
    • Neutron activation analysis and multivariate statistical analysis of archaeological samples


  • Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer: “Miniature Californium-252 Neutron Source for Cancer Therapy” (principal investigator and co-winner), 2005.
  • Chancellor’s Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles, 1985.


  • Dual Fiber Microprobe for Mapping Elemental Distributions in Biological Cells


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