Future safety and sustainability of nuclear energy systems based on fission and fusion technologies are strongly correlated to the development and application of advanced materials capable of withstanding the increasingly harsh environment of a nuclear reactor core.

This international symposium aims to bring together scientists and engineers to discuss opportunities and needs for key enabling materials for application in nuclear energy systems, including the most current, up-to-date, and state-of-the-art science and technologies, ranging from materials design and development, processing, and performance under relevant nuclear environments.

Also, included will be discussions on prospects and perspectives related to commercial development, and qualification and licensing requirements. The symposium is co-sponsored by the ACerS Energy Materials and Systems Division.

Proposed Session Topics

  • Material technologies for enhanced accident tolerance LWR fuels and core
  • Ceramic fuel materials, technologies, and characterization; TRISO fuels
  • Graphite and carbon materials for nuclear applications
  • High-temperature ceramics for nuclear thermal propulsion
  • Chemical compatibility and corrosion
  • Novel ceramics and composites for nuclear systems
  • Joining and coating technologies for reactor components
  • Radiation damage, defect production, evolutions, and interactions
  • Advanced characterization techniques and methods
  • Fuel, cladding, assembly, and core evolutions and performance modeling
  • Test methods, codes and standards, and design methodology


  • Takaaki Koyanagi, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA, koyanagit@ornl.gov
  • Kyle Brinkman, Clemson University, USA
  • Monica Ferraris, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
  • Weon-Ju Kim, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Korea
  • Tatsuya Hinoki, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Dong Liu, University of Bristol, UK
  • Caen Ang, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA
  • Kelsa Palomares, Analytical Mechanics Associates, USA