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