The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Joint Institute for Advanced Materials

Kurt E. Sickafus

Kurt Sickafus

Alvin and Sally Beaman Professor and Head
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

PhD, Materials Science and Engineering
Cornell University

Research Interests

  • Electron microscopy, with an emphasis on transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), and analytical electron microscopy (AEM) techniques
  • Radiation damage behavior of oxides with structures ranging from spinel to ilmenite to pyrochlore to fluorite to perovskite
  • Crystallography and microstructure of materials

Selected Publications

C. Jiang, B. P. Uberuaga, K. E. Sickafus, F. M. Nortier, J. J. Kitten, N. A. Marks and C. R. Stanek, “Using ‘Radioparagenesis’ to Design Robust Nuclear Waste Forms,” Energy and Environmental Science 3 (2010) 130.

C. Jiang, C. R. Stanek, N. A. Marks, K. E. Sickafus and B. P. Uberuaga, “Radioparagenesis: The Formation of Novel Crystalline Structures via Radioactive Decay,” Phil. Mag. Lett. 90 (6) (2010) 435-446.

M. Tang, K. S. Holliday, C. Jiang, J. A. Valdez, B. P. Uberuaga, P. O. Dickerson, R. M. Dickerson, Y. Q. Wang, K. R. Czerwinski, K. E. Sickafus, "Order-to-disorder Phase Transformation in Ion Irradiated Uranium-Bearing Delta-phase Oxides RE6U1O12 (RE = Y, Gd, Ho, Yb, and Lu)." J. Sol. St. Chem. 183 (2010) 844.

M. Tang, K. S. Holliday, J. A. Valdez, B. P. Uberuaga, P. O. Dickerson, R. M. Dickerson, Y. Wang, K. R. Czerwinski, and K. E. Sickafus, “Microstructural Evolution in Irradiated Uranium-Bearing Delta-phase Oxides A6U1O12 (A = Y, Gd, Ho, Yb, and Lu)”, J. Nucl. Mater. 407 (2010) 44-47.

J. Zhang, Y. Q. Wang, M. Tang, J. Won, J. A. Valdez, and K. E. Sickafus, "Order-to-disorder transformation in d-phase Sc4Zr3O12 compounds induced by ion irradiation," J. Mater. Res. 25 (2010) 248.

I. O. Usov, J. Won, D. J. Devlin, Y.-B. Jiang, J. A. Valdez, K. E. Sickafus, "A novel method for incorporating fission gas elements into solids," J. Nucl. Mater. 408 (2011) 205-208.

C. Jiang, X.-Y. Liu, K. E. Sickafus, "First-principles prediction of the thermodynamic stability of xenon in monoclinic, tetragonal, and yttrium stabilized cubic ZrO2," Phys. Rev. B 83 (2011) 052103.

Contact Information

Kurt E. Sickafus
414F Ferris Hall
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-2100




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