Research Expertise and Interest

nuclear reactor design, fuel cycle analysis, fusion reactors

Research Description

Massimiliano Fratoni is the Xenel Distinguished Professorship Fund and a professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering. His main research interests are in sustainable nuclear energy through advanced reactors and advanced fuel cycles that maximize natural resource utilization and minimize nuclear waste. Among other concepts, he is actively investigating solid and liquid fuel molten salt reactors, accident tolerant fuels, and fast spectrum systems. Professor Fratoni's research group also develops computational methods to support reactor analysis, and in particular multi-physics modeling and uncertainty quantification. Additional research areas include nuclear space applications, nuclear fuel cycle analysis, geological repository/far-field criticality, and fusion blanket design.

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