Dr. William J. Weber is the UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair Professor in Radiation Effects in Materials at the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Prior to this, he spent 32 years at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and was a PNNL Laboratory Fellow from 1997 through 2010. He received a B.S. in physics (1971, cum laude, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh) and a M.S. (1972) and Ph.D. (1977) in nuclear engineering (University of Wisconsin-Madison). He joined the staff of PNNL in 1977 and was appointed Laboratory Fellow in 1997. He was a visiting scientist at the Institute for Transuranium Elements (Karlsruhe, Germany, 1983) and on special assignment to the Division of Materials Sciences, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, U.S. DOE (1989-1993).
Dr. Weber’s research interests are fundamentals of radiation-solid interactions, defects and defect interactions, radiation effects, ion-beam modification in materials, electronic and ionic transport, and materials characterization. His research has included: neutron, ion, electron and gamma irradiation of materials; self-radiation due to incorporated radionuclide decay; theory and computer simulations of defects and radiation effects; physics of radiation detector materials; characterization using ion-beam methods, electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and optical spectroscopy; and electronic and ionic transport measurements in high-temperature superconductors and electroceramics.
Dr. Weber has over 500 publications, with an H-index of 47. He has received three Best Paper Awards and one patent. He is the recipient of the Outstanding Young Alumni Award (1983) and Distinguished Alumni Award (2009) from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh; the U. S. Department of Energy's Materials Science Award for Research with Significant Implication for DOE Related Technologies (1995); the PNNL Laboratory Director’s Award for Individual Lifetime Achievement in Science & Technology (2009); the PNNL Director's Award for Scientific and Engineering Excellence (1995); and the PNNL Chester L. Cooper Mentor of the Year Award (2005). In 2001, his work on developing radiation-resistant ceramics was recognized by the DOE, Office of Science - Decades of Discovery as one of the top 101 innovations during the previous 25 years. He has chaired numerous international conferences, society symposia, and topical workshops. He is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society (2000), Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2006), Fellow of the Materials Research Society (inaugural class, 2008), Fellow of the American Physical Society (2010) and a member of Sigma Xi, Sigma Pi Sigma, International Committee for Radiation Effects in Insulators, International Committee for Computer Simulation of Radiation Effects in Solids and International Committee for Ion Beam Modification of Materials. He previously served on the editorial board for Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B (2003-2008) and currently serves as a Principal Editor for the Journal of Materials Research (2002-2014).