News Archive



On April 10-11, 2014, the CMSNF Annual All-hand Meeting was held at Purdue University. CMSNF members updated their research progress in the last year and discussed their future research plans.

On February 16-20, 2014, CMSNF members David Bai, Todd Allen, and Michele Manuel organized the symposium “Radiation Effects in Oxide Ceramics and Novel LWR Fuels” in 2014 TMS Annual Meeting in San Diego. Todd Allen also co-organized a symposium “Accelerated Materials Evaluation for Nuclear Applications Utilizing Test Reactors, Ion Beam Facilities and Modeling” at this meeting. CMSNF researcher Judy Pang gave an invited talk about her CMSNF work.

On December 1-6, 2013, CMSNF researcher David Hurley co-organized the Symposium UU: “Phonon-Interaction-Based Material Design – Theory, Experiments and Applications” in the 2013 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston.

On August 13 and 14, 2013, the CMSNF Advisory Board Meeting was held at Idaho Falls. The Advisory Board Members reviewed CMSNF research in the past year and provided valuable recommendations.

On July 18 - 19, 2013, CMSNF members attended the EFRC PI Meeting in Washington, DC. CMSNF gave three oral presentations and five poster presentations. CMSNF also participated the “EFRC Science in Only Ten-Hundred and One Word Challenge” to use one thousand and one commonly used words to describe the research at CMSNF.

On April 15-16, 2013, CMSNF member Anter El-Azab organized a workshop on “Microstructure Evolution in Driven Materials” at Purdue University.

On April 14 - 18, 2013, CMSNF researcher David Bai co-organized a symposium “Materials and Structural Issues” at 2013 International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants (ICAPP2013) Conference in Jeju Island, Korea.

On April, 8, 2013, CMSNF researchers Judy Pang and Ben Larson of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Alex Chernatynskiy and Simon Phillpot of the University of Florida have published a paper on Physical Review Letters (PRL 110, 157401, 2013), in collaboration with William Buyers of National Research Council, Canada and Mark Lumsden of ORNL.  In this work, they have successfully determined the contributions of individual phonon branches to the thermal conductivity of UO2 using both neutron scattering experiments and first-principles calculations.

On March 14, 2013, Idaho Falls local newspaper, Post Register, featured the research activities in CMSNF through interviewing Todd Allen, David Hurley, and Marat Khafizov.

On March 12-13, 2013, the CMSNF annual all-hand meeting was held in Purdue University. The CMSNF members discussed the research progress and future research plans.

On March 3-7, 2013, some CMSNF members attended the annual TMS meeting and presented CMSNF work in San Antonio, TX. Anter El-Azab (Purdue) co-organized a symposium and gave an invited talk. Karim Ahmed and Abdel-Rahman Hassan (Purdue), Lingfeng He (Wisconsin), and David Bai (INL) gave contributed presentations. 



On November 26-30, 2012, Som CMSNF researchers attended the 2012 Materials Research Society (MRS) fall Meeting in Boston.  Dr. anter El-Azab (Purdue) organized the symposium "Defects and Microstructure Complexity in Materials."  Dr. Xian-Ming Bai (INL) gave an invited talk of how different grain boundaries modify the defect production differently in UO2 and Cu.  Dr. Jianguo Yu (INL), Mr. Abdel-Rahman Hassan (Purdue), and Mr. Karim Ahmed (Purdue) gave contributed talks related to the CMSNF work.


CMSNF principal investigator, Dr. Anter El-Azab (Purdue University) was invited to provide a plenary talk at the 6th International Conference on Multiscale Materials Modeling in Singapore, October 15-19, 2012. Dr. El-Azab's talk (titled, Multiscale models and experiments for thermal transport in crystalline solids under extreme conditions) can be found at the conference URL: -- scroll down to the list of plenary talks for more details.