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FCML Principal Investigator

                                                            

                   Dr. Sean M. McDeavitt

Principal Investigator, Fuel Cycle & Materials Program Office

Associate Professor, Department of Nuclear Engineering, Texas A&M University

 

 

Bio | Contact Info |Courses Taught | Areas of Interest |Active Research | Curriculum Vitae | Research Publications

Bio:

Dr. Sean M. McDeavitt, associate professor, joined the faculty of Texas A&M University in the fall of 2006. His multidisciplinary experience in nuclear, materials, and chemical engineering has equipped him with the flexibility to make research contributions in a diverse range of subjects. He earned his Ph.D. from the School of Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University in December 1992 where his research focused on uranium-10 wt % zirconium (U-10Zr) alloy nuclear fuel for the Integral Fast Reactor. His post-graduate professional career began at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), where he worked from 1991 to the fall of 2003. While at ANL, he earned an international reputation as a leader in nuclear materials research and development, especially in the areas of engineering research for advanced nuclear fuel cycles, waste immobilization, and materials development for challenging environments.

Between 1999 and 2003, he was the section manager for the Materials Development and Pyroprocess Development Sections and he supervised and worked closely with physicists, chemists, and engineers from various disciplines. In fall 2002, he served as a visiting professor at Purdue University teaching an undergraduate course on Nuclear Materials. From August 2003 to August 2006 he was at Purdue University as an untenured associate professor of Nuclear Engineering. He began establishing the Fuel Cycle and Materials Laboratory (FCML) to study current issues in the nuclear fuel cycle, including materials and chemical processing, advanced fuels and materials, and waste immobilization. After three years, Dr. McDeavitt moved the FCML to Texas A&M University, where the FCML capabilities have been significantly upgraded and his research activities have accelerated.

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Courses Taught:

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Areas of Interest:

  • Nuclear Materials Science
  • Nuclear Fuel Behavior and Processing
  • Materials Processing in the Nuclear Fuel Cycle
  • High Temperature Materials Science

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Active Research:

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Curriculum Vitae:

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Recent Publications:

Journal Articles:

  1. E.G. Fu, J. Carter, M. Martin, Q. Xie, X. Z., Y.Q. Wang, R. Littleton, S.M. McDeavitt, and L. Shao, "Ar-ion-milling-induced structural changes of Cu50Zr45Ti5 metallic glass," Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B 268, 545 (2010).
  2. B. Goddard, W.S. Charlton, and S.M. McDeavitt, "Real-Time Detection of UREX+3a Extraction Streams for Materials Accountancy," Journal of Nuclear Materials Management 38(1): 34-39 (2009).
  3. A.R. Totemeier and S.M. McDeavitt, "Powder Metallurgical Fabrication of Zirconium Matrix Cermet Nuclear Fuels," Journal of Materials Science, 44(20): 5494-5500 (2009).
  4. J. Carter, E.G. Fu, M. Martin, G. Xie, X. Zhang, Y.Q. Wang, D. Wijesundera, X.M. Wang, Wei-Kan Chu, S.M. McDeavitt and L. Shao, "Ion Irradiation Induced Nanocrystal Formation in Amorphous Zr55Cu30Al10Ni5 Alloy," Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B 267(17): 2827-2831 (2009).
  5. J. Carter, E. Fu, S. McDeavitt, X. Zhang, G. Xie, and L. Shao, "Characterization of High Strength Alloys Formed by Ion Irradiation of Metallic Glasses," Materials Science Forum 561-565, 1737-1740 (2007).
  6. S. McDeavitt, A. Parkison, A.R. Totemeier, and J.J. Wegener, "Fabrication of Cermet Nuclear Fuels Designed for the Transmutation of Transuranic Isotopes," Materials Science Forum 561-565, 1733-1736 (2007).
  7. S.M. McDeavitt, Y. Xu, T.J. Downar, and A.A. Solomon, "Zirconium Matrix Cermet for a Mixed Uranium-Thorium Oxide Fuel in a SBWR," Nuclear Technology 157(1), 37-52 (2007).

Conference Proceedings:

  1. L.H. Ortega, M.D. Kaminski, and S.M. McDeavitt, "Immobilization of Liquid Nitrate Waste Containing Cesium and Strontium in Sintered Bentonite Ceramics," Presented at Global 2009: The Nuclear Fuel Cycle: Sustainable Options & Industrial Perspectives Paris, France, September 6-11, (2009).
  2. B. Goddard, W.S. Charlton, and S.M. McDeavitt, "Real-Time Detection of UREX+3a Extraction Streams for Materials Accountancy," 50th Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) Annual Meeting Tucson, AZ, July 12-16, 2009.
  3. B. Goddard, W.S. Charlton and S.M. McDeavitt, "Real-Time Detection of UREX+3a Extraction Streams for Process Monitoring Applications," 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Nuclear Society Atlanta, GA, June 14-18, 2009.
  4. K.A. Mews and S.M. McDeavitt,, "Sample Preparation of U-Zr Fuel Alloys for TEM Analysis," 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Nuclear Society Atlanta, GA, June 14-18, 2009.
  5. P.V. Tsvetkov, K. Vierow, K.L. Peddicord, J.C. Ragusa, S.M. McDeavitt, J.W. Poston, Sr., L. Shao, and G. Willems,, "Autonomous Multi-purpose Floating Power System with a Compact Static Pebble Bed Reactor," PHYSOR '08 - International Conference on the Physics of Reactors Interlaken, Switzerland, September 14-19 (2008).
  6. K. Vierow, F. Best, J. Ford, Y. Hassan, S. McDeavitt, J. Ragusa, W. D. Reece, L. Shao, and P. Tsvetkov, "TAMU Nuclear Safety Curriculum Development for a 21st Century Workforce," Proc. of 2008 ANS Annual Meeting Annaheim, CA, June 2008.
  7. J. Carter, E. Fu, S.M. McDeavitt, X. Zhang, G. Xie and L. Shao, "Characterization of High Strength Alloys Formed by Ion Irradiation of Metallic Glasses," 6th Pacific Rim International Conference on Advanced Materials and Processing (PRICM-6) Jeju Island, Korea, November 5-9 (2007).
  8. S.M. McDeavitt, A. Parkison, A.R. Totemeier, and J.J. Wegener, "Fabrication of Cermet Nuclear Fuels Designed for the Transmutation of Transuranic Isotopes," 6th Pacific Rim International Conference on Advanced Materials and Processing (PRICM-6) Jeju Island, Korea, November 5-9 (2007).
  9. L.H. Ortega and S.M. McDeavitt, "Precursors for the Immobilization of Radioactive Cesium and Strontium from Spent Nuclear Fuel," Global 2007: Advanced Nuclear Fuel Cycles and Systems Boise, ID, September 9-13 (2007).
  10. A.R. Totemeier and S.M. McDeavitt, "A Zirconium Cermet for Transuranic Isotope Storage and Burning," Global 2007: Advanced Nuclear Fuel Cycles and Systems Boise, ID, September 9-13 (2007).

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