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NE Colloquium: Brian B. Anderson

Title: "Enrichment Science and Engineering at Oak Ridge National Laboratory"

The Enrichment Science and Engineering Division (ESED) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) serves the nation in two critical areas: advancing enrichment technologies and exploring stable isotope production and applications. ESED comprises an elite staff of scientists and engineers who work with the world-leading capabilities of ORNL to deliver groundbreaking advancements with a variety of applications, from national security to life-saving medical treatments. ORNL is the national steward for the research, development, and demonstration of isotope enrichment technologies, including gas centrifuge and electromagnetic isotope separation systems serving critical programs in the US Department of Energy Office of Science and National Nuclear Security Administration. An overview of the enrichment science and engineering programs at ORNL will be provided with a discussion of the breadth and impact of these programs on national priorities.

Brian Anderson joined ORNL in 2010 and is currently the director of the ESED in the Isotope Science and Engineering Directorate. From 2013 - 2019, he led the Nuclear Security Advanced Technologies Group in the Nuclear Nonproliferation Division. He also holds a joint appointment as an associate professor at the UT Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education.

Anderson established ORNL’s Ultra-trace Forensic Science Center in 2011 and transferred responsibility for managing the Center in 2019. As Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-PI, he has managed numerous scientific programs for the US Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration and was awarded a 2014 ORNL Laboratory Directed Research and Development project probing the basic chemistry and physics of hydrated uranyl compounds. He has also developed advanced analytical methods for materials, including innovations in the use of high-resolution electron microscopy, optical spectroscopy and methods, and chemical sensors.

Before joining ORNL, Anderson held the positions of Senior Fellow Scientist at the Savannah River National Laboratory, Nonproliferation Technologies Section, and Principal Research Scientist at Cargill, Incorporated. He earned his doctorate degree in Analytical Chemistry from The University of Washington in 1996.

Dial-In Information

This colloquium will also be available as a live (and archived) webcast.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Zeanah Engineering Complex, 123
863 Neyland Drive, Knoxville TN 37996

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