Principal Investigator

Dr. Dev Chidambaram

Ormat Technologies Scholar of Materials and Interfaces

Director, MER Lab

Director, Nevada Institute for Sustainability

2017 - Professor, Chemical and Materials Engineering at UNR

2013 - Associate Professor (Tenured), Chemical and Materials Engineering at UNR

2009 - Assistant Professor, Chemical and Materials Engineering at UNR

2004-2009 - Goldhaber Distinguished Fellow and Staff Scientist, Brookhaven                                 National Laboratory, NY

Ph.D - Materials Science and Engineering, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY, 2003

M.S. - Biomedical Engineering, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY, 2001

M.S. - Materials Science and Engineering, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY, 2000

B.Tech - Chemical and Electrochemical Engineering, Central Electrochemical Research Institute, India, 1998

Dr. Dev focuses his research on utilizing electrochemistry and spectroscopy to solve problems in materials, biological, and environmental sciences.

Research Scientists

Dr. Thorunn Snorradottir

Joined October 2013

2007-2012 - Assistant Laboratory Manager, ChemTreat/PowerChem, Reno, NV

2000-2006 - Research Assistant, Desert Research Institute, Reno, NV

Ph.D - Environmental Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 2005

M.S. - Environmental Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 2000

B.S. - Chemical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 1996

Dr. Snorradottir's research focuses on the prevention of corrosion and scaling in geothermal wells.

Zachary Karmiol

M.S. - Materials Science and Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 2014

B.S. - Materials Science and Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 2012

Zachary Karmiol graduated from University of Nevada, Reno with a B.S. and an M.S. in Material Science & Engineering. His work has included catalyst synthesis for biofuel conversion, the refining of rare earth metals, and high temperature exposure and mechanical testing of structural steels for use in supercritical water environments. He has also been a finalist in multiple DOE sponsored FLoW Competitions, and has given a TEDx talk on nuclear energy.

Zach's current research is focused on stress corrosion cracking of materials utilized in nuclear reactor environments.

Graduate Students

William Phillips

Doctoral Student - Joined July 2014

M.S. - Materials Science and Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 2015

B.S. - Materials Science and Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 2014

Bill Phillips is a PhD student and U.S. NRC research assistant in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has a background in semiconductor fabrication, photonic device prototyping, and electronics manufacturing. His current work is focused on electrochemistry and corrosion in high temperature molten salt environments applicable to the reprocessing of used nuclear fuel.

Kodi Summers

Doctoral Student - Joined June 2013 as an undergraduate

M.S. - Materials Science and Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 2016

B.S. - Materials Science and Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 2015

Kodi Summers is a Nuclear Regulatory Commission Graduate Fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering. He received his Bachelor and Master’s degrees from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2015 and 2016, respectively. His past research work has been in quantum dot sensitized solar cells, hydrogen evolution reaction catalysts, and corrosion of structural materials for use in molten nitrate salt solar thermal power plants. His current research focuses on developing a high spatial resolution electrochemical method for studying localized corrosion of high-temperature alloys used in nuclear power applications.

Jeremy Moon 

Doctoral Student - Joined June 2017

2003 - 2006 - Mechanical Operator/Engineering Laboratory Technician, US Navy

B.S. - Materials Science and Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, 2017

Jeremy currently has two active research projects: investigation of alternative anode materials for the electrochemical reduction of oxide nuclear fuels for pyrochemical reprocessing, and designing equipment for the study of mass transport and corrosion in container materials for molten salt reactor designs using traditional, electrochemical, and spectroscopic methods.

Jared Olson

Masters Student - Joined June 2017

2012-Present - Metallurgist/Project Manager, McClelland Laboratories, Inc.

B.S. - Chemical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, 2012

Gabriel Martins

Masters Student - Joined August 2017

B.S. - Chemical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, 2017

Vickram Singh

Doctoral Student - Joined August 2015

B.S. - Chemical Engineering, University of Tennessee - Knoxville, 2015

Vick's work focuses on using in-situ Raman spectroscopy for pyroprocessing of used nuclear fuel.