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 and Engineering.
In the News
February 2019 On a Scientific Mission to Mars
October 2017 Zinkle Receives Lecture Award
August 2013 from ORNL