CME Fall 2019, Seminar Series

Daniel Murray .                                                              Idaho National Laboratories (INL)

The Irradiated Materials Characterization Laboratory (IMCL) is a unique, 12,000-square-foot user facility located at Idaho National Laboratory’s Materials and Fuels Complex. The facility incorporates many features designed to allow researchers to safely and efficiently prepare and conduct microstructural-level investigations on irradiated nuclear materials. IMCL focuses on microstructural and thermal characterization of irradiated nuclear fuels and materials. IMCL’s distinctive design combines advanced characterization instruments in an environment with tight controls on vibration, temperature, and electromagnetic interference with customizable radiological shielding and confinement systems. The shielded instruments allow characterization of highly radioactive fuels and materials at the micro and nanoscale at which irradiation damage processes occur. Enabled by its modular design, IMCL will continue to evolve and improve capability to meet the national and international user demand for high-end characterization instruments for the study of nuclear fuel and materials. In this talk I will present the capabilities of the IMCL and give examples of the diverse range of research being conducted in the facility. Additionally, I will cover the routes available to gain access to the facility.


Dr. Daniel Murray is a staff scientist and group lead for the shielded plasma and gallium focused ion beam microscopes in the Advanced Characterization and Post Irradiation Examination department at INL. He has served as a PI and co-Pi on multiple research projects funded through LDRD and the NSUF. Dr. Murray obtained is Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Nevada, Reno working on the synthesis and characterization of low dimensional materials. He proceeded to a postdoctoral researcher position at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he utilized advanced microscopy and synchrotron X-ray diffraction techniques to study the atomic structure of self-assembling systems. His current research is related to high throughput multi-modal characterization nuclear materials using advanced microscopy and tomography techniques.

Friday, September 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

AB 106