NuCoSS-23 lecturers (& organizers)
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Dr. Scenini holds an MEng in mechanical engineering from the Politecnico di Milano (IT), a MSc in corrosion from UMIST and a PhD in environmentally-assisted cracking from the University of Manchester. He is currently a Reader (associate professor) in Nuclear Materials Performance at the Department of Material at the University of Manchester. He is an internationally leading scientist, with over 15 years of research experience in material performance issues such as corrosion, stress corrosion cracking, fatigue and fracture, particularly of stainless steels and nickel-base alloys. His research mainly focuses on solving real problems related to the nuclear industry and aerospace and aligns to the priorities of the University’s Energy and Advanced Materials research beacons to support the University’s social responsibility goals of environmental sustainability. He is also the Corrosion theme leader at Manchester and the Technology Platform leader for high-temperature high-pressure demanding environments in the Royce Institute. He has authored over 120 publications in journals and peer reviewed conference proceedings.
Dr. Dirk Engelberg is Professor in Materials Performance and Corrosion at the University of Manchester, UK. He holds a PhD in Metallurgy & Materials Science (University of Manchester, UK), an M.Sc. in Corrosion Science and Engineering (UMIST, UK), and a Dipl.-Ing. (FH) degree in Surface Engineering and Materials Science (Aalen University, Germany). Dirk is Fellowship Mentor, Line Manager (Hard Materials) and Metallurgy & Corrosion theme lead in the School of Natural Sciences/Department of Materials. He has over 20 years of experience in nuclear and energy/net-zero related research. Dirk’s work focuses on the development and implementation of robust approaches for the prediction, simulation, and mitigation of corrosion, degradation and environmentally-assisted cracking.
- University of Manchester: https://research.manchester.ac.uk/en/persons/d.engelberg
- Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=hvXMSnQAAAAJ&hl=en
Damien Féron is currently “Conseiller Scientifique” (scientific adviser) at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and Professor at the INSTN (National Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology). He has been Director of Research at the CEA Nuclear Energy Division (2007-2022). He is involved in the various fields of nuclear corrosion since more than 40 years, starting with liquid metal and moving towards aqueous media (including seawater corrosion and microbial corrosion). He was Chair of the EFC WP 4 ‘Nuclear Corrosion’ for 14 years and he has been President of the European Federation of Corrosion and of the WCO (World Corrosion Organization), a non-governmental organization recognized by the United Nations. He published around 70 papers in journals and has been editor or co-editor of 24 books or special issues of journals (including 10 “Green Books” in the EFC series), mainly in the field of microbial corrosion, seawater corrosion and nuclear corrosion.
Hans-Peter Seifert (Master of Science in Material Science and Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH, Zürich, Switzerland) is currently Deputy Head of the Laboratory for Nuclear Materials, Leader of the Structural Integrity Group and Manager of the INTEGER research program on material ageing at the Paul Scherrer Institute. His areas of specialization are: environmentally-assisted cracking of LWR structural materials, corrosion and electrochemistry in high-temperature water, ageing mechanisms and structural integrity of LWR primary pressure boundary components and reactor internals. He has more than 25 years of experience in EAC and EAF testing and has initiated and led many large projects in this field. He is member of the Group Leadership of the International Cooperative Group on Environmentally-Assisted Cracking of Water Reactor Materials (ICG-EAC) and in 2019 he received the Henri Coriou Medal of the EFC for his outstanding contributions to the field of nuclear corrosion science and engineering. He has published around 250 articles in scientific journals, at conferences and in books.
Renate Kilian is a Materials Scientist with a PhD in corrosion science with over 35 years of experience in the field of metallic corrosion. She received her PhD in engineering from the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen in 1987. Since then she has worked with Siemens AG Power Generation Group (KWU), followed by Siemens Nuclear Power GmbH, Framatome ANP GmbH, AREVA NP GmbH, and Framatome GmbH in the department of “Materials, Technology, Failure Analysis”. From 1990 to 2003 she was section leader of the corrosion section within this department. Since 2003, she concentrates her expertise on the performance of technical and scientific projects as well as on consultancy in direct contact with customers from plants and utilities. She also represents the company in several national and international projects and working groups. Since 1987 when starting her work at Siemens KWU she has been working on the corrosion behaviour of steam generator (SG) materials Alloy 600, Alloy 690 and Alloy 800 mod. regarding primary and secondary side degradation mechanisms. She is also working in the field of qualification of SG tube repair methods like sleeving and plugging. Another important field of work is the intergranular stress corrosion cracking (IGSCC) behaviour of stainless steels under BWR and PWR conditions. All kind of corrosion degradation especially for stainless steels and Nickel base alloys are her focus. In addition, she was project leader of several EPRI project on nickel base alloys. Nickel base alloys like Alloy 600 and Alloy 690 and the corresponding filler material and their corrosion behaviour, like PWSCC, are one of the major fields in her work. She is responsible for training of experts in her fields (supports thesis etc. of students in cooperation with Universities). Furthermore, Renate Kilian is a member of the German Reactor Safety Commission and of the Steering Committee of the German Association of Corrosion and Corrosion Protection (GfKORR). She is also one of the leading members of the EFC Nuclear Corrosion Working Party and author of more than 90 publications.
Jan Macák received his PhD from the University of Chemistry and Technology (UCT), Prague. From 1988 to 1994 he worked as research fellow with Prof. Norman Hackerman (W. M. Rice University), STOA-Fellow for the DG-IV-Research of the European Parliament and as researcher for Italgas, SPA. In 1994 he joined UCT as assistant professor and later associate professor and head of Power Engineering Department of UCT (2014-2022). He authored or co-authored more than 180 articles in refereed journals, book chapters, text books, patents and conference proceedings. In 2021 he was awarded the Emil Votoček medal for his contribution to raising the level of chemistry teaching and scientific research at UCT. His main professional interests include electrochemical corrosion testing, high-temperature corrosion, corrosion protection in power cycle systems and alternative power systems. He is member of the Association of Corrosion Engineers, European Federation of Corrosion, European Cooperation Group on Corrosion Monitoring of Nuclear Materials (ECG-COMON) and Eurosolar.
Stefan Ritter (Dipl.-Ing., Material Science and Engineering, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany) did his masters/diploma at Siemens Power Generation (KWU) in Erlangen (Germany) and performed research on stress corrosion cracking of austenitic stainless steels at Framatome ANP in Erlangen thereafter. Since 2001 he has been employed by the Paul Scherrer Institut (Nuclear Energy and Safety Research Division, Laboratory for Nuclear Materials) as a research scientist in the field of plant ageing management. He is currently working on different research projects related to environmentally-assisted cracking of light water reactor structural materials and has been leader of several research projects dealing with methods to mitigate stress corrosion cracking in LWRs (e.g., noble metal chemical addition, zinc water chamistry). In 2004 he was one of the founding members of the ECG-COMON (European Cooperative Group on Corrosion Monitoring of Nuclear Materials, www.ecg-comon.org) and is still member of the Executive Committee. In 2012 he became the Scientific Secretary of the ICG-EAC and in 2016 he was elected as Chair of the Nuclear Corrosion Working Party of the European Federation of Corrosion (EFC). In 2022 he was elected Chair of the EFC’s Science and Technology Advisory Committee (STAC). He authored or co-authored more than 220 contributions to scientific journals, books or conferences.
Pål Efsing is Senior Specialist in Materials Mechanics/Fracture Mechanics at the Engineering Department of the Ringhals Nuclear Power Plant in Sweden. Ringhals operates 4 nuclear reactors, 1 BWR and 3 PWRs, at the Swedish west coast and is a subsidiary to Vattenfall AB, the Swedish state-owned energy company. At Ringhals, Pål is involved in daily issues regarding ageing and degradation of metallic materials, especially with respect to the evolution of the mechanical properties and structural degradation of the utilized materials and combinations, as well as being coordinator of research activities aiming at supporting the plant objective of long term operation. Pål is also acting as Vattenfall specialist in the area of Materials, Degradation and Ageing. Much attention is currently given to environmental degradation and radiation effects on reactor internals and the reactor pressure vessel. Other areas of high interest include welding processes and long term stability, as well as environmentally assisted degradation and cracking. In addition to serving the NPP, Pål is adjunct professor at the department of Solid Mechanics at the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH in Stockholm. At KTH, the current programs include effects of weld residual stresses on susceptibility to environmental degradation in Alloy 690, modelling of SCC, and thermal ageing of cast and welded austenitic materials. Pål has a M.Sc in Materials Science and Engineering from KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, in Stockholm, Sweden and a Ph.D in Materials Mechanics working on secondary degradation/hydride induced cracking of failed fuel, also at KTH. In 2022 he was awarded the Henri Coriou Medal for his outstanding contributions to the field of nuclear corrosion science and engineering.
Jamie Noël is an electrochemist and corrosion scientist. He obtained his BSc and MSc degrees from the University of Guelph under supervision of Jacek Lipkowski. He then worked on corrosion issues in the nuclear industry while employed by Ontario Hydro Research and later Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. Concurrent with his work at AECL, he earned his PhD through the University of Manitoba, supervised by Hymie Gesser and David Shoesmith. Dr. Noël joined the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada in 1998 as a research scientist and adjunct professor in the Department of Chemistry. Dr. Noël is now assistant professor and directs a large research group that uses electrochemical and other surface analytical techniques to study the corrosion of industrial materials, especially nuclear waste management systems materials, including carbon steel, titanium, zirconium, copper, nickel alloys, and the uranium dioxide fuel itself. Much of this research is conducted in collaboration with Canada’s Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) and SKB, the Swedish Nuclear Waste Management Company. He continues to develop and refine techniques that combine electrochemical measurements with neutron-based materials science techniques. Dr. Noël is a winner of both the W. Lash Miller and R.C. Jacobsen Awards of the Electrochemical Society (ECS) Canadian Section. He is an active participant in public science outreach activities, developing and presenting chemistry demonstrations for potential young scientists from preschool to high school ages. He regularly teaches a short course on the fundamentals of electrochemistry at meetings of the ECS and has authored over 90 journal articles, 50 conference proceedings papers, 5 book chapters, and 20 company reports.