Materials for Nuclear Power Group

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University Park, PA 16802

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Current News


March, 2021

Pierre-Clément Simon presents his Ph.D. research at TMS2021 (video)


January 18, 2021

Pierre-Clément Simon successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation on January 18th, 2021



August 30, 2019

Pierre-Clément Simon attends the 2019 Nuclear Innovation Bootcamp in Paris.


August 10, 2019

Passelaigue receives a poster award during Idaho National Lab's intern EXPO in August.


July 30, 2019

Muhammet Ayanoglu visited Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to investigate the microstructure evolution of 21Cr32Ni alloy irradiated under fast reactor environment.


April 24, 2019

Pierre-Clément Simon presented his research at the Spring 2019 MRS conference in Phoenix, Arizona.



March 28, 2019

Penn State Expanding Its Nuclear Energy Program - Interview.


October 18, 2018

Pierre-Clément Simon receives an Early Career Award at NuMat2018.


August 11, 2018

Dr. Ece Alat walked at the commencement and escorted by Prof. Arthur T. Motta.


August 9, 2018

Pierre-Clement Simon receives two awards during Idaho National Lab's intern EXPO.


April 18, 2018

Ece Alat wins the Award for Excellence in Graduate Research.


March 25, 2018

Pierre-Clement Simon was awarded first place at the 2018 edition of the Graduate Exhibition.


February 28, 2018

Ece Alat successfully defended her PhD dissertation on 28th February 2018



October 31, 2017

Dr. Motta, alumni and current students all together at ANS meeting during IRP kick-off meeting.


October 23, 2017

Ece presented a poster at the Materials Day 2017 at Penn State.


August 11, 2017

Simon receives an award for best informational graphic at the Idaho National Laboratory Intern EXPO.


July 27, 2017

Lacroix et Simon attended the MeV (Modeling, Experimentation, and Validation) Summer School in Idaho National Laboratory, and received awards.


June 13, 2017

Ece Alat presented her pitch "Ceramic Coating for Corrosion (C3) Resistance of Nuclear Fuel Cladding" at the Millenium Café.


June 6, 2017

Ece Alat wins the 3 rd Annual Millennium Café Pitch Competition award sponsored by PPG


May 6, 2017

Samuel Le berre Graduated from Penn State with a Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering.


March 24, 2017

Ece Alat won 2 nd place at the 2017 Graduate Exhibition Video option for her video on "Ceramic Coating for Corrosion (C3) Resistance of Nuclear Fuel Cladding"


March 13, 2017

Muhammet Ayanoglu conducted irradiation experiments with the Intermediate Voltage Electron Microscope(IVEM) at the Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago.


February 17, 2017

Lacroix and Simon conducted experiments at the Advanced Photon Source in Argonne National Laboratory.


January 20, 2017

Simon participated to CHiMaD - Phase Field Methods III at Northwestern University, Illinois



November 15, 2016

Simon presents at the IMECE2016 conference in Phoenix, Arizona


November 7, 2016

Ensor and Alat present at The Nuclear Materials 2016 Conference in Montpellier, France


October 24, 2016

Alat attends MS&T 2016 Conference in Salt Lake City


October 12, 2016

Prof. Motta participates in Campus Energy Debate


October 7, 2016

Brendan Ensor Successfully Defends PhD Thesis on "The Nature of Unstable Oxide Growth in Zirconium and Zirconium Alloys"


September 8, 2016

Prof. Motta pens article for The Conversation "Nuclear power deserves a level playing field"


August 23, 2016

Shivprasad selected as Distinguished Teaching Fellow


May 18, 2016

Motta awarded Kroll Medal


May 17-18, 2016

Shivprasad and Ensor present research at 18th International Symposium on Zirconium in Nuclear Industry


May 15-19, 2016

Nuclear Materials Group Attends 18th International Symposium on Zirconium in Nuclear Industry in Hilton Head, SC


May 6, 2016

Alat wins Travel Award in MATSE department


April 8, 2016

Ece Alat wins two awards in MATSE department


April 1, 2016

Students travel to Advanced Photon Source for Experiments


March 9, 2016

Motta presents at Leaders in Engineering seminar at RPI


February 15, 2016

Lacroix presents in Nashville at TMS 2016



October 13, 2015

M. Nedim Cinbiz Successfully Defends PhD Thesis on "The Effect of Stress State on Zirconium Hydride Reorientation


October 6-9, 2015

Shivprasad travels to Norway for EPRI forum


September 13-17, 2015

Ensor travels to Zurich, Switzerland to attend TopFuel 2015 Conference


June, 2015

Lacroix attends MOOSE training at Idaho National Lab


June 15-17, 2015

3rd semi-annual IRP meeting held at Penn State


April 27, 2015

Motta Receives American Nuclear Society Mishima Award



October 27-30, 2014

Cinbiz and Ensor attend NuMat 2014 Conference


October 16-20, 2014

Group goes to Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Lab for Experiments


September 29-30, 2014

Professor Motta speaks at the Workshop on Zirconium for Nuclear Applications at the University of Oxford


September 3-5, 2014

Prof. Motta and Chris Ulmer attend IVEM workshop at Argonne National Lab


August 29, 2014

Professor Motta named American Nuclear Society Fellow


August 22, 2014

Researchers receive $3M Department of Energy award to advance nuclear technology


July 25, 2014

The report “Lessons Learned from the Fukushima Nuclear Accident for Improving Safety of U.S. Nuclear Plants” is released by the National Academy of Sciences


June 15-19, 2014

Group caps off successful ANS trip with Best Poster Award


June 17, 2014

Former student Dr. Jeremy Bischoff wins the ANS MSTD Literary Award


February 20, 2014

Prof. Motta and Chris Ulmer travel to San Diego for TMS 2014


Archived News

Read Dr. Motta's summary of the nuclear events in Japan resulting from the March 2011 earthquake/tsunami