Kevin M. Fox is a principal engineer in the Environmental Stewardship Directorate of the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL). Dr. Fox’s current research focus is the development of innovative waste form compositions 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. He oversees international programs with researchers in the U.K. to develop predictive models for the incorporation of sulfate waste in glass, and with researchers in China to develop novel glass additives for improving waste solubility.
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 studied Spark Plasma Sintering of ceramic-metal composites at Nihon University in Japan as the recipient of a National Science Foundation fellowship, and has previous experience as an engineer at OSRAM Sylvania in the development and production of alumina arc tubes for sodium vapor lamps. Dr. Fox is a past Chair of The American Ceramic Society’s Nuclear and Environmental Technology Division. He was recently honored with the Karl Schwartzwalder-Professional Achievement in Ceramic Engineering Award, and the SRNL Laboratory Director’s Award for Exceptional Scientific and Engineering Achievement.
Dr. Fox has authored more than 25 peer-reviewed publications, co-edited 6 volumes, and has given more than 40 technical society presentations. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2005, an M.S. in Ceramic Science from the Pennsylvania State University, and a B.S. in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University.