Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have launched a new effort to apply expertise in plasma to study and optimize the use of the hot, electrically charged gas as a tool for producing nanoparticles. This research aims to advance the understanding of plasma-based synthesis processes, and could lead to new methods for creating high-quality nanomaterials at relatively low cost.
This function manages the design, fabrication and operation of PPPL experimental devices, and oversees the Laboratory’s facilities and its electrical and infrastructure systems.
Research to develop fusion energy has shown “significant progress” in many areas, according to a new report from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), a think tank whose members represent some 90 percent of the electricity produced in the United States. At the same time, the report said that a commercial fusion power plant is at least 30 years away, and called for more research on the engineering challenges.
Neway Atnafu is a licensed professional engineer (PE) and certifed project management professional (PMP). He is a mechanical engineer and engineering project manager who has worked on many aspects of the National Spherical Torus Experiment-Upgrade (NSTX-U), including the cooling systems, neutral beam relocation, vacuum vessel analysis, magnetic coil bus bars, passive plate modifcations and structural support design. He is the responsible engineer for the NSTX-U cooling systems, and is expert in the safe operation of mobile and overhead cranes, hoisting and rigging.
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