He is a distinguished scientist at Idaho National Laboratory in areas of processing, characterization, and analysis of novel material systems for both nuclear and non-nuclear applications, including materials for use in high-temperature, space, irradiation, and other extreme environments. He is the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) technical lead for the DOE Advanced Reactor Technology Graphite Research and Development program, responsible for thermo-mechanical testing of nonirradiated and irradiated graphite and composites, development of test standards and code case development for determining material properties of nuclear graphite and composites. He holds a doctorate in materials science and engineering from University of Idaho, a master’s degree in nuclear engineering from University of Illinois, and a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from University of California at Santa Barbara.
Dr. Kevin M. Fox is fellow engineer in the Environmental Stewardship Directorate of the Savannah River National Laboratory. Dr. Fox’s current research focus is the development of innovative materials for the immobilization of nuclear wastes. Most recently, he has worked to further the understanding of crystallization in high level waste glasses to allow for maximizing the incorporation of waste constituents, and developed compositions for high waste concentration cementitious waste forms to minimize disposal volumes and cost. Dr. Fox has a background in structure/property relationships in ceramic materials, with a concentration on high temperature deformation of ceramic composites and advanced microstructural characterization techniques. He is a fellow of the American Ceramic Society, and serves on the Society’s Board of Directors.
Dr. Fox has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications, co-edited 6 volumes, and has given more than 60 technical society presentations. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. in Ceramic Science from the Pennsylvania State University, and a B.S. in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University.
Dr. Brenda L. Garcia-Diaz is the manager of the Energy Materials Group in SRNL. She has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Carolina with a specialization in electrochemical engineering. She has developed Nb-doped TiO2 electrocatalysts and developed models to better understand DMFC operation. Dr. Garcia-Diaz helped develop electrochemical synthesis methods for aluminum hydride. She has worked on novel electrochemical methods for nuclear fuel processing including the development of an electrochemical fluorination method for processing used nuclear fuel, direct LiT electrolysis for tritium recovery in fusion applications, and reduction of oxide nuclear fuels utilizing a solid oxide conducting anode. Dr. Garcia-Diaz is the principal investigator on a DOE SunShot program to investigate and mitigate corrosion in high temperature molten salt heat transfer systems for concentrating solar power (CSP) applications. She is the molten salt corrosion consultant to NREL for the development of a Gen 3 CSP system. Dr. Garcia-Diaz has also led research on the development of MAX phase coatings for accident tolerant nuclear fuel. She has led collaborations with multiple industrial partners, universities, and national laboratories.
Dr. Garcia-Diaz was awarded the ASM International Silver Award, the South Carolina Governor’s Young Researcher award, and the SRNL Early Career Award. In 2018, her project on electrochemical fluorination also won the inaugural SRNL award for LDRD return on investment. Dr. Garcia-Diaz serves as a Board Member for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers RAPID program for process intensification. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of South Carolina in the Chemical Engineering Department. Dr. Garcia-Diaz is a member of the Hanford Tank Integrity Expert Panel.