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Dr. Markus, Piro, Nuclear Fuels and Materials Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Sciences, Ontario Tech University

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Monday, February 10, 2020 - 3:30am to 4:30pm

Materials Challenges in Emerging Nuclear Technologies

While CANDU nuclear generating stations have reliably produced clean and affordable electricity in Canada for several decades, there is great interest in emerging nuclear technologies to generate electricity in remote northern communities, provide support to mining operations, and to continue to support the current fleet of plants through advanced design options. The primary impetus in the development of new nuclear technologies is to explore non-conventional design options to achieve higher plant efficiency, reduce operating and capital costs by exploiting inherent safety features and advanced manufacturing techniques, cogeneration with other energy systems, etc. This presentation will give a high-level perspective on a number of emerging nuclear technologies that are being actively investigated within the international community and explore several pertinent materials challenges ranging from the complex chemistry of multi-component fluoride salts to high temperature oxidation of ferritic alloys under accident conditions – many of these materials challenges are shared among a multitude of industries.


Markus Piro is currently an Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Nuclear Fuels and Materials at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. His primary research interests are in computational thermodynamics, nuclear fuel engineering, multi-scale multi-physics modelling & simulation of nuclear fuels and materials, and experimental & computational fluid dynamics. Dr. Piro received a BScEng and MSc in Mechanical & Materials Engineering from Queens University and a PhD in Nuclear Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada in conjunction with the Computer Science & Mathematics Division of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). After completing his graduate studies, he spent two years as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Materials Science & Technology Division at ORNL. Afterwards, he was the Head of the Fuel Modelling and Fission Product Transport Section at the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories for nearly four years. He has experience consulting for both industry and government in Canada and the US.



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