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.
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