Professor Jean Paul Allain

Title University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Department Associate Head for Graduate Programs, Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering


  • Ph.D. Nuclear Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2001
  • M.S. Nuclear Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2000
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering (Physics minor), California Polytechnic State University Pomona, 1996

Research Interests

  • Surface and interface science
  • In-situ surface characterization techniques
  • Plasma-surface interactions
  • Radiation Interactions with soft matter
  • Magnetic nuclear fusion boundary physics
  • Inorganic surface-biomatter interface response to radiation
  • Laser-based post-ionization techniques
  • Soft X-ray sources for detection
  • Compact plasma-based neutron and photon sources
  • Nanolithography
  • Ultra-thin oxide films for advanced semiconductors
  • Advanced materials for radiation detection


Office 104 S. Wright Street
110 Talbot Lab
M/C 234, Office 111C
Urbana, IL 61801