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 Oak Ridge National LaboratorySang-ho KimAccelerator Systems Section Head Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) Oak Ridge National Laboratory operates Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), the world's most intense pulsed accelerator-based neutron source for neutron scattering experiments. The SNS accelerator complex consists of an H- injector, a 1 GeV linear accelerator (linac), an accumulator ring, and associated beam transport lines. The SNS superconducting linac is the first large-scale high energy superconducting proton linac. The SNS accelerator complex was commissioned in 2006 and provides reliable operations for neutron production. The Proton Power Upgrade (PPU) project is in progress and is in its final stage that will double the beam power capability of the SNS accelerator, from 1.4 to 2.8 megawatts by increasing beam energy and beam current, 30% and 50% respectively. Recently the SNS accelerator operated at 1.7-MW beam power with high availability following the PPU project power ramp-up plan, breaking its own world record for highest hadron beam power and is now quoted as a reference machine for Accelerator Driven Systems.

Area of Interest and capabilities:
Proton accelerator in general, accelerator reliability, local and global compensation of proton linear accelerator after a faulty condition, recovery of faulted element while running a beam (possibly using AI/ML), high power radio-frequency systems, cryomodule and cryomodule component development.


Phone: 865-386-1094

Address: 1 Bethel Valley Rd., MS-6462, Oak Ridge, TN, 37830, United States
 University of California BerkeleyDaniel SiefmanAssistant Professor Academic Power Generation and Energy Production: Liquid and Gaseous Fuels/Nuclear Faculty member with experience in the neutronics of subcritical and critical systems using neutron noise and pulsed neutron techniques. Theoretical and experimental experience in criticality safety, materials control and accountability, radiation transport, uncertainty quantification, Bayesian data assimilation, AI/ML, and nuclear data validation. Interests include applying these techniques to accelerator driven systems for transmutation, to tackling challenges in process chemistry, to the design optimization of accelerator systems, and to criticality safety and materials control & accountability issues for ADS transmutation concepts.


Phone: 51406649079

Address: 4153 Etcheverry Hall, MC 1730, Berkeley, CA, 94720, United States
 Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator FacilityRongli GengDepartment Head, SRF Science & Technology Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) Other Energy Technologies Area of expertise: Accelerators; Superconducting radio-frequency cavities, cryomodules, and linacs; Cryogenics; Radio frequency generation; Material coating technologies; AI/ML.

Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) operates a high-power (MW level) continuous-wave (CW) superconducting radio-frequency (SRF) linac facility, CEBAF, in support of fundamental nuclear physics research. Two anti-parallel SRF linacs, each with 1.1 GV acceleration voltage, are operated in the recirculation mode routinely to deliver electron beams with an energy of up to 12 GeV, to four fixed target experimental halls. Jefferson Lab has more than 30 years of high-power CW SRF linac operational experience and tracks the accelerator reliability by maintaining a downtime database. The lab’s SRF Science and Technology Institute offers a comprehensive range of SRF S&T expertise and unique capabilities in the areas of SRF materials science, cavity surface processing, material coating, cavity design and prototyping, SRF cryomodule design, RF testing at cryogenic temperatures of SRF cavities and cryomodules, RF generation with magnetrons, and, along with other departments in the areas of beam test and operation of SRF cavities and cryomodules, application of AI/ML to reliable SRF cavity and linac operations. Jefferson Lab, in partner with ORNL, designed and delivered the proton SRF linac cavities and cryomodules for SNS in the early 2000’s as well as the recent SNS power upgrade project. The lab participated a study of the accelerator technology for accelerator driven transmutation and energy production, which delivered in 2010 a report titled “Accelerator and Target Technology for Accelerator Driven Transmutation and Energy Production” (doi:10.2172/1847382). The SRF accelerator science and engineering expertise offered by Jefferson Lab include those related to material coating technologies, accelerators, cryogenic, and radio frequency generation, and integrated test of SRF linac components at cryogenic temperatures. Inquiries of teaming interest will be routed to the qualified subject area experts in SRF Science and Technology Institute or other organizations of Jefferson Lab.


Phone: 757-269-6790

Address: 12000 Jefferson Ave, Newport News, VA, 23606, United States
 Pendulum Electromagntics, Inc.John GatsisPresident Small Business Other Energy Technologies Pendulum Electromagnetics, Incorporated (PendEl) is a small, but technologically sophisticated operation in Raleigh, NC whose primary activity is the design, fabrication, and repair of vacuum electron devices (VEDs), with special expertise in high-power CW and pulse traveling wave tubes (TWT). Because the nature of these devices encompasses just about every facet of the physical sciences, PendEl is well-equipped to tackle any project where expertise in high vacuum, precision fabrication, furnace operations, RF induction, high voltage, electronics, and radio frequency technologies are critical to the effort.

Core Competencies

• High power CW and pulse traveling wave tubes:
We have extensive experience in the design and fabrication of high power CW and pulse TWTs and offer a suite of unique PPM CW and Pulse L-Band devices.
• High perveance electron gun design:
We can design a wide range of high uP egun solutions ranging from a simple uP=1 Pierce diode to a uP=11 hollow beam device. We also offer a variety of gridded designs.
• Vacuum electron device repair:
Our team has performed on a number of high profile TWT and klystron repair and refurbishment efforts effectively providing new tube performance and longevity at half the price.
• Fabrication Technologies:
We are experts at hydrogen and vacuum brazing, precision TIG and laser welding, fixture design, RF induction brazing, and high vacuum technology.
• RF and Microwave Test and Measurement:
Our test and measurement expertise is guided by decades of experience making high power measurements at RF and microwave frequencies.

PendEl has a 30-year history of delivering high quality and effective performance to myriad customers both domestic and international. Satisfied customers include U.S. Navy, Jefferson Lab (DoE), Applied Systems Engineering, Communications and Power Industries, Raytheon, Big Crow Program Office, and Teledyne Microwave Systems just to name a few.


Phone: 919-247-0001

Address: 6304 Westgate Road, STE D, Raleigh, NC, 27617, United States
 Brookhaven National LaboratoryWolfram FischerChair Collider-Accelerator Department Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) Other Energy Technologies Area of expertise: Particle Accelerators - Contact: Wolfram Fischer, Chair Collider-Accelerator Department
(i) design of hadron accelerators and accelerator subsystem (ii) subsystem expertise in high-intensity high-brightness sources, radio frequency systems, laser systems, magnets, power supplies, vacuum systems, instrumentation and controls (including ML)
(iii) operation of an hadron accelerator complex consisting of 200 MeV H- Linac, Booster, AGS and RHIC for nuclear physics basic research, isotope production and space radiation studies

Area of expertise: Nuclear engineering, materials under extreme energy and corrosion environments, and nuclear data.
Contact: Alejandro Sonzogni, Chair Nuclear Science and Technology Department
(i) probabilistic risk assessment (ii) radioactive release & consequences (iii) nuclear reactor systems evaluation & safety, (iv) human factor analysis, (v) nuclear safeguards and forensics, (vi) synchrotron light source experiments, (vii) recommended nuclear data libraries, (viii) nuclear reactions modelling, (ix) gamma spectroscopy, (x) neutron-induced cross sections on fission products .


Phone: 631-344-452

Address: Bldg. 911B, Upton, NY, 11973, United States
 Constellation Energy, LLC.Uuganbayar OtgonbaatarDirector Technology Strategy, Grants & Partnership Large Business Power Generation and Energy Production: Liquid and Gaseous Fuels/Nuclear Constellation is the nation’s largest producer of clean, carbon-free energy and a leading supplier of energy products and services to businesses, homes, community aggregations and public sector customers across the continental United States. With annual output that is nearly 90% carbon-free, our hydro, wind and solar facilities paired with the nation’s largest nuclear fleet have the generating capacity to power the equivalent of 16 million homes, providing about 10% of the nation’s clean energy.


Phone: 6673136346

Address: 1310 Point Street, Baltimore, MD, 21231, United States
 Los Alamos National LaboratoryFranziska SchmidtPostdoc Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) Power Generation and Energy Production: Liquid and Gaseous Fuels/Nuclear Postdoc with 5 years of experience with experimental work on irradiation-corrosion effects. Lead developer of the Irradiation-Corrosion Experiment (ICE) III at the Ion Beam Materials Laboratory (IBML) at LANL. ICE III targets in situ irradiation-corrosion effects on metals exposed to heavy liquid metal or molten salt environments and simultaneous proton irradiation. Transmutation of UNF requires structural materials capable of withstanding intense radiation environments, e.g., for the beam window, and combined radiation-corrosion environments, e.g., for designs with UNF dissolved in a molten salt. ICE III could offer an accelerated pathway towards resilient materials discovery and testing for such environments.


Phone: 5056676370

Address: Bikini Atoll Rd, Los Alamos, NM, 87545, United States
 MUONS Inc.Rolland JohnsonPresident Small Business Power Generation and Energy Production: Liquid and Gaseous Fuels/Nuclear Muons, Inc. is developing a conceptual design for a Nuclear Power Plant that is based on a superconducting RF proton accelerator that drives a number of subcritical molten-salt small modular reactors with internal spallation neutron targets. The starting points for the components are the ORNL SNS Linac and the ORNL MSRE fueled with UNF that has been converted to fluorides (ORNL/TM-2018/989 - not reprocessing). Online processing of the circulating MS continuously removes (lighter) volatile radioisotopes, neutron poisons, and other useful materials while leaving (heavier) actinides in the MS to be consumed to produce energy and to reduce the lifetime of the remnants. Short beam interruptions are no problem for MS systems. A non-radioactive MS intermediate storage system will provide backup for longer downtimes and provide a passive sink for decay heat in case of loss of power accidents.

The combination of subcritical operation and low core inventory of radiotoxic isotopes, which can be guaranteed by design and continuous monitoring, ensures an intrinsically safe design that facilitates and expedites the licensing of the NPP. This, in turn, allows Deming’s Fifth Total Quality Management Principle [“Improve constantly and forever the system of production and service, to improve quality and productivity, and thus constantly decrease costs.”] To reduce the levelized cost of electricity, the first accelerator module and first SMR will start producing electricity early in the life of the NPP, followed by a series of next of a kind modules that will have improved performance and lower cost. The intrinsically safe design will allow larger improvements between each module generation. When the desired NPP power is reached, the process will continue by replacing the earliest modules for decreased cost. This NPP will never need to become obsolete and will benefit forever from innovations that have not yet been imagined.

Muons, Inc. has 21 years of R&D experience developing accelerators and related technology, having been awarded over $34M in competitive private and government grants and contracts. The company includes former National Lab experts in diverse fields and counts on a strong network, having collaborated on projects with 11 national laboratories and 8 universities. We are committed to workforce development, having supported 18 postdocs and 7 Ph.D. students. Please contact us if you have interest in any of the topics described above.


Phone: 7578706943

Address: 45 Jonquil Ln, Newport News, VA, 23606, United States
 AtkinsRealisFredrick Jackson, PMPSr. Project Manager / Consultant Large Business Power Generation and Energy Production: Liquid and Gaseous Fuels/Nuclear To perform transmutation of used nuclear fuel there are two primary routes: (1) Non-Neutron and (2) Neutron transmutation. The CANDU (Canada Deuterium Uranium) technology is one neutron-based method that allows some degree of used nuclear fuel transmutation. This has been studied before ( AtkinsRealis owns the intellectual property for CANDU.


Phone: 803.240.0468

Address: 545 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN, 37830, United States
 Argonne National LaboratoryTaek K. KimDepartment Manager Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) Power Generation and Energy Production: Liquid and Gaseous Fuels/Nuclear Argonne pioneered the application of nuclear fission for energy generation and maintains world-leading capabilities for developing advanced reactors and innovative technologies for recycling used nuclear fuels and managing nuclear waste. Its areas of in-depth expertise include critical and subcritical reactor physics, advanced fuel cycles, radiochemistry, nuclear-chemical engineering, waste form development, and the transmutation of radioactive materials. Argonne also has strong capabilities in accelerator design and applications based on the construction and operation experience of the Advanced Photon Source (APS) and associated facilities (LINAC, etc.), as well as the Argonne Tandem LINAC Accelerator System. Argonne has high-performance computing power, such as the exa-scale supercomputer Aurora, to support the modeling and simulation of nuclear energy and transmutation systems and Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) technologies to support the operation of such facilities. Additionally, Argonne integrates world-class expertise in materials and actinide science with leading-edge capabilities in advanced manufacturing to pursue groundbreaking advances in nuclear materials.
The recent studies on nuclear waste management, such as the ongoing work on the long-lived fission product transmutation using energetic non-neutron particles (, accelerator driven system for disposing of the U.S. spent nuclear fuel inventory ( ), long-lived fission product transmutation studies ( ), etc., show examples of Argonne’s multi-disciplinary expertise in reactor physics, fuel cycle, nuclear chemistry, and accelerator technologies and approach to systems development.
Argonne’s multidisciplinary expertise and leadership role in recycling technologies is a cornerstone of its nuclear energy development and waste management efforts, and those are highly relevant to ARPA-E’s interest in the formation of new project teams for the transmutation of used nuclear fuel.


Phone: 630-252-3213

Address: 9700 S. Cass Avenue, Argonne, IL, 60564, United States
 SHINE TechnologiesRoss RadelChief Technology Officer Small Business Other Energy Technologies Commercial organization with expertise in bringing complex nuclear projects from R&D through engineering, construction, and licensing phases and into commercial operation. Experience with nuclear modeling, neutron source development, subcritical assembly design and manufacturing, radiochemistry, nuclear design/construction, and NRC licensing.

SHINE has specific interest in developing driven subcritical (and/or critical) systems for UNF transmutation. We are concurrently developing a UNF recycling facility that includes separation stages that feed into transmutation.


Phone: 6085154923

Address: 3400 Innovation Ct, Janesville, WI, 53546, United States
 Curio Solutions, LLCVik SinghChief Innovation Officer Small Business Power Generation and Energy Production: Liquid and Gaseous Fuels/Nuclear Curio is a nuclear technology development and innovation company based in Washington, DC. Currently, Curio is pursuing an innovative nuclear recycling technology, NuCycle. During the recycling process, Curio will isolate a co-extracted blend of transuranics containing the minor actinides, as well as several radioactive isotopes from the used nuclear fuel. Curio is also developing the HOmogeneous Plutonium Eliminating (HOPE) reactor. The HOPE reactor is a molten-salt reactor specifically designed to utilize excess neutrons for transmutation.


Phone: (917) 518-5170

Address: 1425 K Street NW, Suite 210, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
 University of TennesseeNicholas BrownAssociate Professor and Assistant Department Head Academic Power Generation and Energy Production: Liquid and Gaseous Fuels/Nuclear Experienced faculty member in fuel cycle analysis and transmutation analysis, including for advanced reactor designs, advanced fuel designs, transmutation fuels, and accelerator driven systems.


Phone: 865-974-2525

Address: Zeanah Engineering Complex, 863 Neyland Drive, Knoxville, TN, 37996, United States