NE Special Seminar: NUCLEAR FORENSICS “A Nuclear Sherlock Holmes: It’s Elementary at PNNL”


5:00 pm-6:00 pm
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Matthew Olszta, Ph.D.

Materials Scientist, Materials Characterization
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

The world of nuclear energy provides us with unlimited potential, but it comes with a hefty price-tag. The cost of clean energy comes at the expense of being steadfastly diligent in ensuring the safety and security required to convince the public that nuclear is a viable means to reduce our carbon footprint. Underpinning the production of secure energy is the forensic analysis of every aspect of nuclear materials; a nuclear Sherlock Holmes examining not only the observable, but the unknowable before problems arise. 

PNNL’s team of advanced microscopy capabilities puts us at the forefront of nuclear materials investigation. Join us for a discussion on how we peer deep into the unknown world of all things nuclear, and how these tools can be applied to even the toughest cases.

Matthew Olszta, Ph.D., is an expert in electron microscopy, operating in a wide variety of fields ranging from biomaterials to intermetallics. In addition to this general flexibility to apply first principles approaches to materials analysis, he has spent the past ~15 years examining microstructural and microchemical effects of stress corrosion cracking (SCC) in Fe and Ni-base stainless steels to ensure the future of US nuclear power. Lastly, in Dr. Olszta’s time at PNNL he developed a nanocartography protocol/program which exponentially improved productivity and accuracy of structural materials analysis on the transmission electron microscope. He is a member of TMS and serves as a referee for a number of corrosion journals.


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UF American Nuclear Society Chapter