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Prof. Allain IEEE – NPSS Distinguished Lecturer

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imageProfessor Allain has been recognized as a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Nuclear & Plasma Sciences Society for his lectures “Challenges to a foundational understanding of the plasma-material interface in plasma-burning nuclear fusion reactors” and “Directed Irradiation Synthesis: manipulating matter in nanoscale self-organized systems“.

NPSS Distinguished Lecturers are volunteers who are nominated by the NPSS Technical Committees based on distinguished stature and achievement within their technical communities.

Sandra Arias presents contributed talk at the 10th World Biomaterials Congress

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WBC-PPT-bg43-300Sandra Arias will give the contributed talk Magnetic bacterial nanocellulose for neurovascular reconstruction in cerebral aneurysm treatment applications at the 10th World Biomaterials Congress (WBC) to be held in Montreal, Canada from May 17 -22, 2016.

With over 3500 abstracts submitted by the September 30, 2015 deadline, WBC2016 is on track to be the largest scientific gathering of biomaterials scientists ever, and the largest World Biomaterials Congress to-date.

Professor Allain will be presenting the poster Titanium scaffolds with multi-scale porosity obtained by controlled chemical and electrochemical treatments of porous solids from PM space holder technique at the session on Specific Applications of Biomaterials.

First Plasma in Hybrid Illinois Device for Research and Applications (HIDRA)

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HIDRA, the former WEGA stellarator/tokamak, arrived at Illinois in Nov. 2014 from the Max-Planck-Institut fur Plasmaphysik and has been under assembly for the last 18 months (watch assembly). On Friday April 22, 2016 HIDRA had its first confined plasma at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, event attended by over 100 people including the Dean of Engineering, the Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering Dept. Head, most of the faculty and numerous alumni visitors. The hard work of Prof. Daniel Andruczyk and many undergraduate and graduate students, as well as help from Illinois Facilities and Services were recognized. The device, in operation since 1975 at various sites with intermittent interruptions, is one of the long-lived fusion experiments and now available for plasma physics and fusion research at Illinois.

Challenges to a foundational understanding of the plasma-material interface in plasma-burning nuclear fusion reactors

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ut_wrdmk_1colorProfessor Allain was invited to present the talk titled Challenges to a foundational understanding of the plasma-material interface in plasma-burning nuclear fusion reactors in the 2015 – 2016 Nuclear Engineering Colloquium Series at The University of Tennessee this past February, 2016. The complete talk is available for viewing at the following link: View Nuclear Colloquium Presentation Feb 9, 2016

Intelligent Design of Advanced Nanostructured Biointerfaces for Regenerative Medicine Applications

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Professor Allain was invited speaker at the RutaNII International Seminar on Biomaterials, Biomechanics and Regenerative Medicine at the Universidad de Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia. Professor Allain presented the talk Intelligent Design of Advanced Nanostructured Biointerfaces for Regenerative Medicine Applications and also visited Ruta N Corporationan institution that is pursuing the consolidation of Medellin as a city of knowledge undertaking the development of a technology district.

Prof. Allain awarded a $1.1 million Fusion Energy Sciences grant from the U.S. Department of Energy

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Prof. Allain has been recently awarded a $1.1 million Fusion Energy Sciences grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to support his research on plasma-material interactions that involve the first few microns of the material surface. Allain’s research group has been pioneering this work discovering adaptive materials capable of sustaining the far-from-equilibrium conditions found in nuclear thermonuclear reactors. These materials include: nanoporous and mesoporous tungsten composites, extreme-refined doped refractory alloys, and self-healing nanocomposite W-Li pseudo-alloys. Prof. Allain will be working closely with NPRE Prof. James Stubbins, a co-principal investigator on the project, to understand thermo-mechanical properties of these complex materials.

For more information you may read the NPRE News Article

Workshop: Sensitivity, Error and Uncertainty Quantification for Atomic, Plasma, and Material Data

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iacs-logoProfessor Allain was invited speaker at the workshop Sensitivity, Error and Uncertainty Quantification for Atomic, Plasma and Material Data organized by the Institute for Advanced Computational Science at Stony Brook University. The focus was theory and simulation relevant to fusion and astrophysical plasmas including their interface with materials such as is necessary in the design of practical fusion reactors. Professor Allain presented the talk titled Challenges and Strategies To Experimental Validation of Multi-Scale Nuclear Fusion PMI Computational Modeling.