Advanced ceramics and ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) are attractive for next generation nuclear energy systems, as they increase the operating temperature window to allow higher thermal efficiency. Ceramics and CMCs have been used or proposed as fuels forms, cladding, or structural materials for light water and advanced reactors. As such, considerable research has been dedicated around these systems. These materials also contribute to enhanced safety of nuclear systems, including light water reactors, due to their high temperature capability.

Moreover, the use of these materials mitigates long-term waste disposal due to low-activation. Processing, properties, and testing of traditional glass and cementitious materials need to be expanded to meet the future needs of the nuclear industry. This symposium discusses current state of the art including processing, fundamental materials science issues, and practical aspects of their deployment.

Proposed sessions

  • Material design, synthesis, and characterization
  • Irradiation effects and post irradiation examination
  • Chemical compatibility and corrosion
  • Synergistic multi-scale modeling and experimental study on microstructure evolution and physical properties of ceramics in nuclear energy environments
  • Test standards and design codes
  • Joining and coating
  • Vitrification technologies and radioactive waste immobilization
  • Status of national and international programs
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Accident tolerant fuels for LWRs


  • Tatsuya Hinoki, Kyoto University, Japan,
  • Ming Tang, Clemson University, USA,
  • Yutai Katoh, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA,
  • Takaaki Koyanagi, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
  • Weon-Ju Kim, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Korea
  • Tieshan Wang, Lanzhou University, China
  • Xianming Bai, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA
  • Peng Xu, Idaho National Laboratory, USA
  • Erofili Kardoulaki, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
  • Shaoming Dong, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, China
  • Sosuke Kondo, Tohoku University, Japan