The Governor’s Chair for Nuclear Materials is Steve Zinkle, who investigates the effect of radiation on materials in fission and fusion nuclear reactors.
His research aims to develop high-performance, radiation-resistant materials for advanced nuclear fission and fusion energy applications.
Zinkle is also researching accident-tolerant fuel systems for reactors in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster in Japan.
He holds a joint appointment in the Materials Science & Engineering Department at UT.
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