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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

In Memoriam: Professor Joonhong Ahn

Wednesday, Jun 22nd 2016

Joonhong Ahn, Ph.D.

1958 - 2016

Our dear friend and colleague, Professor Joonhong Ahn, died in Japan on Sunday, June 19; private services were held on Tuesday, June 21.  Since his diagnosis of advanced liver cancer in April, 2015, and throughout his treatment regimen, he maintained a relentless pace of work in service to the profession, the department and his students.  


Professor Rachel Slaybaugh at SXSW Eco

Friday, Oct 14th 2016

Berkeley Nuclear Engineering Professor Rachel Slaybaugh participated in a panel discussion at SXSW Eco on Wednesday, October 12 in Austin, Texas, "Exploring the Advanced Nuclear Ecosystem" along with Assistant Secretary John Kotek of the Office of Nuclear Ene


Professor Slaybaugh to Speak at SXSW Eco

Friday, Oct 7th 2016

Berkeley Nuclear Engineering Professor Rachel Slaybaugh will be speaking at SXSW Eco on Wednesday, October 12 in Austin, Texas.


Upcoming Events

Materials Walk Through Hell (High Temperatures)
Mon, 10/31/2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
3105 Etcheverry Hall
Nuclear Security Programs at Sandia National Laboratories
Sheryl Hingorani
Mon, 11/07/2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
3105 Etcheverry Hall
Fall 2016 Colloquium Series