Research Faculty and Facilities
Faculty numbers in Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have more than doubled since 2011, and the number of NPRE graduate students have grown accordingly. Nuclear power research covers materials, reactor simulations, systems and safety, and probablistic risk analysis.
Plasma and fusion studies include semi conductor advancements, fusion energy, plasma modeling and simulations, and nanostructured biointerfaces for regenerative medicine. Research in radiological technologies examines detection and homeland security, and biomedical imaging.
Research Facilities and Labs
- Advanced Reactors & Fuel Cycles Group
- Analysis of Reactor Transients and Stability Group
- Center for Plasma-Material Interactions
- Computational Plasma Physics Laboratory
- Functional X-ray Imaging Laboratory (FXIL)
- Fusion Studies Laboratory
- High Temperature Corrosion Laboratory
- High Temperature Environmental Exposure Laboratory
- High Temperature Nuclear Materials Laboratory
- Hybrid Illinois Device for Research & Applications (HIDRA)
- Magnetron Sputtering Laboratory
- Multiphase Thermo-fluid Dynamics Laboratory
- Neutron Metrology Laboratory
- Non-Equilibrium Matter Laboratory
- Nuclear Materials Fabrication and Studies Laboratory
- Radiation Detection and Imaging Laboratory
- Radiological Instrumentation Laboratory (RIL)
- Radiation Surface Science and Engineering Laboratory
- Socio-Technical Risk Analysis (SoTeRiA) Laboratory
- Soft Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
- Virtual Education and Research Laboratory
A dense plasma focus fusion-related device for high temperature plasma studies and an ultra-high vacuum laboratory for plasma-material interaction studies are available.
Laboratories are available for all areas of study in the nuclear, radiological, and plasma studies.
NPRE also has a direct link to the National Magnetic Fusion Computer Center in Livermore, California.
Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) and Materials Engineering-Mechanical Behavior Program provide a variety of facilities for studies of nuclear materials.
The Grainger Engineering is a leader in supercomputing research, and the campus is one of four National Centers for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).
The Grainger Engineering has a wide array of microcomputers and workstations available for student research and use.