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SVC Professor Awarded 'Best Paper' at National Materials Conference

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Posted: Friday Oct 21, 2011

A research paper by Dr. Paul Follansbee, James F. Will Professor of Engineering Science at Saint Vincent College, entitled “Characterizing the Defect Population Introduced by Radiation Damage,” was voted “best paper” by the Nuclear and Environmental Technology Division (NETD) of The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) and recognized at the 2011 Materials Science and Technology Conference at the Columbus Convention Center on October 17. Dr. Alex Cozzi, left, chair of NETD, of the Savannah River National Laboratory, presents the plaque to Dr. Follansbee. “I was pleased to receive the award because the symposium was sponsored by the American Ceramics Society yet my contribution was the analysis of irradiation damage in metals,” Dr. Follansbee commented. “This illustrates that the boundaries between material systems are often not as important as the science applied and that these boundaries are decreasing every day – something Saint Vincent College demonstrated in the design of the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion. The paper represented application of new concepts to an old problem which shows the value of using a fresh perspective not limited by previous work. Often, such an approach can lead to new insight. I am continuing to look at irradiation effects in metals and am working with Aaron Weiss, a chemistry major, this year on irradiation damage in zirconium based metals, which see use as fuel cladding in nuclear reactors.” The paper will be published in the 2012 edition of Ceramics Transactions.


Photo: Dr. Alex Cozzi, left, and Dr. Paul Follansbee