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.
Joint Institute for Advanced Materials
Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education
In the News
February 2019 On a Scientific Mission to Mars
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
214 Nuclear Engineering Building
1412 Circle Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-1400