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Steve Zinkle

Governor’s Chair for Nuclear Materials

Steve Zinkle aims to help build a better nuclear reactor. His focus is on developing high-performance, radiation-resistant materials for advanced nuclear fission and fusion energy applications.

Zinkle is using ions and neutrons to explore the stability and thermal conductivity of certain fuels. He 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 UT Departments of Nuclear Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering.

Bio Pages

Joint Institute for Advanced Materials

Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education

In the News

October 2017 Zinkle Receives Lecture Award

March 2017 Zinkle Awarded High Honor for Work in Materials Research

June 2015 Three UT Faculty Members Awarded $2.2 Million for Nuclear Projects

January 2014 Zinkle and Smith Named American Physical Society Fellows


August 2013 from ORNL

Steve Zinkle

Contact Info


UT 865-974-4589
ORNL 865-576-5785

306 Pasqua Engineering Building
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-2300

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
PO Box 2008 MS-6133
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6133

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