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  • WELCOME! At U.C. Berkeley, nuclear engineers are leading in research that will enable long-term sustainable and economic production of nuclear energy from fission and fusion; provide for responsible recycling and disposal of nuclear wastes; develop advanced, radiation tolerant materials for high-temperature applications; assure security by detecting illicit transfers of nuclear materials; and advance applications of nuclear methods for medical imaging and therapy.


  • One of Prof. Per Peterson's research foci on nuclear thermal hydraulics is Mark 1 Pebble-Bed FHR (Mk1 PB-FHR). The pre-conceptual design is the latest in a series of studies to explore potential designs for fluoride salt cooled, high temperature reactors. 


  • Research Spotlight: Prof. Peter Hosemann's research on nuclear materials and chemistry focuses on applying experimental materials science techniques to understanding the effects of radiation degradation on structural nuclear components (fission, fusion, spallation, etc.).


  • NEWS HIGHLIGHT: The Radwatch Air Monitoring team has put together a unique system that serves high-resolution gamma-ray data hourly to monitor naturally occurring, airborne radioactivity. Weather data are also served to provide insight to correlations that exist in the transport of these radionuclides.


Latest News

Heising-Simons Foundation Supports NE Faculty Member, Karl van Bibber, Seeking Axion Dark Matter

Wednesday, Mar 18th 2015




Answering One Question to Better Understand the Universe

Heising-Simons Foundation Supports Research Seeking Axion Dark Matter


Hosemann Group Enters Bladesmithing Competition

Wednesday, Mar 4th 2015

Professor Hosemann's group has entered a sword in the TMS 2015 Bladesmithing competition. For details on the competition, please see:

As a component of the judging process, the group has made a very entertaining video detailing the process of making the blade.

Good luck in the contest Hosemann Group!


Atomic Insights Write-up of UCBNE Visit

Wednesday, Feb 18th 2015

Rod Adams, writer of the Atomic Insights blog, was the featured colloquium speaker in the Nuclear Engineering Department on February 9, 2015.  While here, Mr. Adams toured several departmental laboratories and facilities and has produced an in-depth article of his experiences during his visit.


Upcoming Events

Science Basis for Design of High Performance Radiation-Resistant Materials in Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems
Steven J. Zinkle, Ph.D.
Mon, 03/30/2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
3105 Etcheverry Hall
Spring 2015 Colloquium Series
Siegfried Hecker - Stanford
Siegfried S. Hecker, PhD
Mon, 04/06/2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
3105 Etcheverry Hall