He received his bachelor's in chemistry from Reed College in 1990, and his doctorate in chemistry from Harvard University in 1996. He specializes in multi-disciplinary problem solving in the physical sciences and their corresponding engineering disciplines. Over his 22-year research and development (R&D) career, he has developed expertise in physical chemistry, chemical kinetics, atmospheric chemistry, instrumentation, electronics (digital, analog, power, and RF), spectroscopic sensing, lasers, fiber optics and wave guides, classical optics, electro-optics, electromagnetics, electromechanical systems, heat transfer, materials science, mechanical engineering, manufacturing processes, and renewable energy technologies.
He has won four R&D 100 Awards, holds numerous patents, has 10 active licenses on his inventions, and given many invited talks on the subject of serial innovation. In 2015, he was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy as its Inaugural SunShot Innovator in Residence. He invented the Radical-Ion Flow Battery under the SunShot Innovator in Residence Program to address the need for low-cost, highly scalable electrochemical grid storage, and the performance limitations of prior art battery chemistries in this demanding application. His current research portfolio is focused on electrochemical grid storage, the elimination of rare-earth magnets in wind turbines, and semiconductor thermal management (power electronics, CPUs, GPUs).
Dr. Wendy Kuhne is a Fellow Scientist at Savannah River National Laboratory. She has a M.S. in Wildlife Science and a Ph.D. in Radiological Health Sciences specializing in Radioecology. She completed post-doctoral studies at the Medical College of Georgia in the Institute of Molecular Medicine and Genetics under a National Research Service Award, by the National Institutes of Health. She has more than 10 years of experience in the areas of radioecology and radiation biology. Her research focuses on the transport and movement of radionuclides through the environment and uptake into human and non-human biota (plants, trees, and wildlife). She has experience in measuring biological responses to exposure to ionizing radiation including DNA damage endpoints, DNA repair processes, and genomic and proteomic level responses. Her work has involved chronic low dose exposures and acute exposure from low-LET gamma rays and high-LET alpha, protons, and secondary neutrons associated with space travel. Dr. Kuhne is a member of the International Union of Radioecology and she is the Past-President of the Environmental and Radon Section of the Health Physics Society.
Dr. Lin Zhou received her Materials Science and Engineering Ph. D. in 2006 from Arizona State University, and then worked in the Physics Department as an assistant research scientist till she joined Ames Lab in 2012. Dr. Zhou is currently an associate scientist in Ames Lab and an adjunct faculty of Materials Science and Engineering department at Iowa State University. She also provides scientific oversight on staff/postdocs and instruments in the Sensitive Instrument Facility in Ames Lab. Dr. Zhou’s research focuses on understanding structure-property relationship down to atomic level, as well as exploring mechanism and dynamic of phase transitions, induced by heat/cooling, magnetic field, electric biasing, and mechanical force, using advanced in situ electron-beam related techniques. The materials systems that Dr. Zhou is interested in include magnetic alloys, two-dimensional materials, ferroelectric oxides and semiconductor thin films.
After graduating from the University of Florida in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, Dr. Aaron L. Washington, II completed his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry with specialization in material science. As of April 2009, Dr. Washington joined the Advanced Characterization and Processing (ACP) group at SRNL and is currently a principal scientist and former manager in the same group. He is currently involved with material development for multiple applications including radiological sensors, nuclear waste storage, additive manufacturing for nuclear material disposal, nuclear Deactivation & Decommissioning (D&D), organic based nuclear sensors, and nuclear waste treatment strategies. Additionally, he recently led a group with 3 post-doctoral researchers (3 former postdocs are now full time), 7 peer PhD scientists, a bachelor’s scientist, 3 managers, and 2-4 interns in interdisciplinary research and program development. Dr. Washington has more than 20+ peer reviewed manuscripts, 30+ technical reports, and more than 15 presentations at national conferences and meetings. Dr. Washington also has 4 patents issued and 7 additional patents currently in process. Dr. Washington was a 2014 recipient of the Laboratory Director’s Award for Early Career Exceptional Achievement and the 2016 Laboratory Director’s Award for Exceptional Achievement. Dr. Washington has also recently received his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification as of July 2017.
Dr. Washington currently serves on multiple committees both at SRNL and in the Aiken community. These include the Conduct of R&D safety council, Diversity Board of Directors for SRNS, and the former Board of Directors Chairman and current member for Habitat for Humanity. He is an also an Adjunct Professor at USC Aiken in the chemistry department.
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