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Kenan Unlu

Director of Radiation Science and Engineering Center, and Professor

Affiliation(s):

  • Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
  • Radiation Science & Engineering Center
  • Nuclear Engineering

102 Breazeale Nuclear Reactor Building

kxu2@psu.edu

814-865-6351

Personal or Departmental Website

Research Areas:

Nuclear Science, Nuclear Security

Interest Areas:

Development and applications of nuclear methods utilizing neutron beams for the analysis and characterization of condensed matters.

 
 

 

Education

  • BS plus MS Combined Degree, Engineering Physics, Hacettepe University, 1979
  • MS, Nuclear Engineering, The University of Michigan, 1983
  • Ph D, Nuclear Engineering, The University of Michigan, 1989

Publications

Books

  • Kenan Unlu, 2015, Penn State Breazeale Nuclear Reactor: 60 Years of Nuclear Research, Teaching, Outreach, and Service, Penn State College of Engineering, University Park, PA

Journal Articles

  • Amanda M. Johnsen, Brenden J. Heidrich, Chad B. Durrant, Andrew J. Bascom and Kenan Unlu, 2015, "Reactor Production of 64Cu and 67Cu Using Enriched Zinc Target Material", Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, 305, pp. 10
  • Sarah Bender, Brenden Heidrich and Kenan Unlu, 2015, "Compton Suppressed LaBr3 Detection System for use in Nondestructive Spent Fuel Assay", Nuclear Instruments and Methods, Physics Research A, pp. 11
  • D. Ucar, Kenan Unlu, B. J. Heidrich, K. N. Ivanov and M. N. Avramova, 2014, "Neutronic Designs and Analyses of a New Core-Moderator Assembly and Neutron Beam Ports for the Penn State Breazeale Reactor"
  • Dagistan Sahin, Kenan Unlu and Kostadin Ivanov, , "Neutronic Characterization of the PSBR Irradiation Positions using a Burnup Coupled MCNP Simulation with MURE", Nuclear Technology

Conference Proceedings

  • Kenan Unlu, 2015, "Nuclear Security Education Program at the Pennsylvania State University"
  • C. B. Durrant, J. D. Begg, P. Zhao, M. Zavarin, Kenan Unlu and A. B. Kersting, 2015, "DESORPTION OF CESIUM FROM MINERALS: THE EFFECT OF MINERAL COMPETITION", Tenth International Conference on Methods and Applications of Radioanlaytical Chemistry, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, USA
  • J. Rim, D. Peterson, E. Gonzales, C. Armenta and Kenan Unlu, 2014, "Novel Method for Rapid Extract of Radionuclides Using Polymer Ligand Film for Nuclear Forensics Applications", IAEA, International Conference on Advances in Nuclear Forensics: Countering the Evolving Threat of Nuclear and Other Radioactive Material out of Regulatory Control, IAEA Headquarters, Vienna, Austria
  • Sarah Bender, Chad Durrant, Brenden Heidrich and Kenan Unlu, 2014, "Determination of Penn State Breazeale Reactor Fuel Element Burnup by Nondestructive Assay", Nuclear Instruments and Methods, Physics Research A, International Symposium on Radiation Measurements and Applications (SORMA 14), Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
  • Jung H. Rim, Dominic Peterson, Claudine Armenta, Edward Gonzales and Kenan Unlu, 2014, "Evaluating Polymer Ligand Film (PLF) for Plutonium and Uranium Extraction in Nuclear Forensics Application", 8th International Conference on Isotopes, Chicago IL, USA
  • Amanda M. Johnsen, Brenden J. Heidrich, Chad B. Durrant, Andrew J. Bascom and Kenan Unlu, 2014, "Research Reactor Production and Purification of 64CU and 67CU Using Enriched Zinc Isotopes", 8th International Conference on Isotopes, Chicago IL, USA
  • Kenan Unlu, 2014, "Interdisciplinary Research at the Radiation Science and Engineering Center at the Pennsylvania State University", IAEA " IAEA Technical Meeting on Research Reactor Coalitions: Concerted Actions in the Mediterranean Region " (IAEA-F1-TM-42756), pp. 5
  • Kenan Unlu and B. Heidrich, 2013, "RESEARCH, EDUCATION AND SERVICE UTILIZATIONS OF BREAZEALE NUCLEAR REACTOR AT THE RADIATION SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING CENTER AT THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY", Joint International Group on Research Reactors (IGORR) and IAEA Technical Meeting
  • Kenan Unlu, I. Jovanovic and A. Contreras, 2013, "Nuclear Security Education Program at the Pennsylvania State University", IAEA-International Conference on Nuclear Security: Enhancing Global Effort
  • S. Bender, C. Durrant, B. Heidrich and Kenan Unlu, 2013, "Experimental gamma ray burnup analysis of Penn State TRIGA reactor spent fuel rods", 54th Annual Institute of Nuclear Materials Management Conference
  • Kenan Unlu, C. Celik, V. Narayanan and T. Z. Hossain, 2013, "Investigation of Critical Charge and Sensitive Volume of the Neutron Intercepting Silicon Chip (NISC)", The third international conference on Advancements in Nuclear Instrumentation Measurement Methods and their Applications (ANIMMA) Proceedings
  • J. Rim, D. S. Peterson, C. E. Armenta, E. R. Gonzales and Kenan Unlu, 2013, "Development of TIMS Procedure for Plutonium Extracted by the H2DEH[MDP] and HDEHP Polymer ligand film (PLF) system", 245th ACS National Meeting & Exposition
  • A. M. Johnsen, C. B. Durrant and Kenan Unlu, 2013, "Characterization of Italian Tile Samples Using Comparative Neutron Activation Analysis", Trans. Am. Nucl. Society, 109, (71)
  • D. Sahin, Kenan Unlu, P. I. Kuniholm and C. Pearson, 2013, "New Dendrochemical findings fo Pinus Nigra trees grown in the Mediterranean region", Trans. Am. Nucl. Society, 109, (102)
  • Kenan Unlu and A. M. Johnsen, 2013, "Curriculum Development for the Chemistry of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle at the Pennsylvania State University", Trans. Am. Nucl. Society, 108, (293)
  • A. M. Johnsen and Kenan Unlu, 2013, "Radiochemistry Education and Research Programs at the Pennsylvania State University", Trans. Am. Nucl. Society, 108, (295)
  • Kenan Unlu and B. Heidrich, 2012, "Relicensing and Utilizations of the Penn State Breazeale Reactor", IAEA "Technical Meeting on Assessment of Core Structural Materials and Surveillance Programme of Research Reactors" (TM-40035)
  • Kenan Unlu, B. Heidrich and M. Trump, 2012, "Challenges and lessons-learned during the reactor pool repair at the Penn State Brazeale Reactor", IAEA "Technical Meeting on Assessment of Core Structural Materials and Surveillance Programme of Research Reactors"(TM-40035)
  • Chad Durrant, J. Despotopulos, R.A. Henderson, K.J. Moody, Kenan Unlu and D.A. Shaughnessy, , "Development of an Automated Chemical Separation System for Forensic Sample Analysis"

Manuscripts

  • Jung Rim, Dominic Peterson, Claudine Armenta, Edward Gonzales and Kenan Unlu, , "Evaluating Ligands for use in Polymer Ligand Film (PLF) For Plutonium and Uranium Extraction", Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry, pp. 12
  • D. Ucar, Kenan Unlu and B. J. Heidrich, , "THERMAL-HYDRAULICS ANALYSIS OF A NEW CORE-MODERATOR ASSEMBLY DESIGN FOR THE PENN STATE BREAZEALE REACTOR USING ANSYS FLUENT CODE"

Research Projects

  • February 2010 - December 2099, "Master Service Agreement for Radiation Science & Engineering Center Services," (Sponsor: Nikkeikin Aluminum Core Tech Co, Ltd.).
  • October 2016 - September 2019, "Wireless Reactor Power Distribution Measurement System Utilizing an In-Core Radiation and Temperature Tolerant Wireless Transmitter and a Gamma-Harvesting Power Supply," (Sponsor: Westinghouse Electric Company $).
  • October 2017 - September 2018, "Digital Control and Safety System Modernization for the Penn State TRIGA Reactor," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy).
  • January 2014 - December 2018, "New Core-Moderator Assembly and Neutron Beam Ports Development and Installation at the Radiation Science and Engineering Center," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy).
  • October 2016 - September 2018, "Versatile D-T Neutron-Generation System for Fast-Neutron Research and Education," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy).
  • September 2011 - December 2016, "GTRI Nuclear Security Education - Support Equipment," (Sponsor: Battelle - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory).
  • January 2014 - December 2016, "New Core-Moderator Assembly and Neutron Beam Ports Development and Installation at the Radiation Science and Engineering Center (RSEC)," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy-NEUP).
  • June 2010 - February 2015, "Nuclear Security Education Program at Pennsylvania State University (Personnel)," (Sponsor: DOE-NNSA).
  • September 2011 - June 2015, "Nuclear Security Education Program at Pennsylvania State University (Equipment)," (Sponsor: DOE-NNSA).
  • September 2011 - February 2015, "GTRI Nuclear Security Education," (Sponsor: Battelle - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory).
  • September 2011 - October 2014, "GTRI Nuclear Security Education," (Sponsor: Battelle - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory).
  • February 2009 - February 2014, "Master Service Agreement for Radiation Science & Engineering Center Services," (Sponsor: Transnuclear, Inc.).
  • June 2009 - June 2014, "Master Services Agreement for Radiate Science & Engineering Center Services," (Sponsor: Scientech, Inc.).
  • April 2012 - March 2014, "Curriculum Development for Nuclear Fuel Chemistry, Reprocessing and Separation Chemistry, and Radioactive Waste Management," (Sponsor: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission).
  • September 2011 - October 2014, "GTRI Nuclear Security Education," (Sponsor: Battelle - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory).
  • September 2011 - October 2014, "GTRI Nuclear Security Education," (Sponsor: Battelle - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory).
  • September 2011 - October 2014, "GTRI Nuclear Security Education," (Sponsor: Battelle - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory).
  • September 2011 - October 2014, "GTRI Nuclear Security Education," (Sponsor: Battelle - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory).
  • September 2011 - October 2014, "GTRI Nuclear Security Education," (Sponsor: Battelle - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory).
  • September 2010 - September 2013, "Compact Superconducting Cyclotron-Based Underwater Detection," (Sponsor: Naval Sea Systems Command).
  • May 2011 - May 2012, "Master Services Agreement for Radiation Science & Engineering Center Services," (Sponsor: Mirion Technologies).
  • September 2011 - September 2012, "Master Services Agreement for Radiation Science & Engineering Center Services," (Sponsor: Radiation Safety and Control Services, Inc.).
  • February 2011 - September 2012, "Multi-Isotope Process Monitor Project," (Sponsor: Battelle - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory).
  • February 2011 - September 2012, "Multi-Isotope Process Monitor Project," (Sponsor: Battelle - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory).
  • September 2010 - August 2012, "Development of Innovative Radioactive Isotope Production Techniques at the Penn State University Radiation Science and Engineering Center," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy).
  • December 2010 - January 2011, "Evaluation Phase of In-Core Longevity Testing of Piezoelectric Transducers," (Sponsor: Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory).
  • February 2011 - December 2011, "Master Services Agreement for Radiation Science & Engineering Center Services," (Sponsor: AFL Telecommunications, LLC).
  • August 2010 - May 2011, "GTRI Nuclear Security Education Initiative Design," (Sponsor: Battelle - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory).
  • April 2010 - December 2010, "Integration of Various Detection Technologies into an Underater Vehicle in Support of Detection Efforts in Maritime Environment- Phase II," (Sponsor: Argonne National Laboratory).
  • April 2010 - September 2010, "Master Service Agreement for Radiation Science & Engineering Center Services," (Sponsor: Trojan Defense LLC).
  • September 2010 - December 2010, "Master Service Agreement for Radiation Science and Engineering Center Services," (Sponsor: GE Inspection Technologies).
  • January 2006 - September 2010, "U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology Radiochemistry Education Award Program, Phase III (Previous Subaward # DE-FG07-05ID14692IDNE-006)," (Sponsor: Medical University of South Carolina).
  • August 2009 - July 2010, "Curriculum Development for Radiochemistry Education Program at Pennsylvania State University," (Sponsor: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission).
  • July 2009 - October 2010, "Nuclear Science and Engineering Infrastructure Improvement of the Penn State University," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy).
  • September 2005 - August 2009, "CRI: SEAT: Soft Error Analysis Toolset," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • July 2009 - September 2009, "LANL Solicitation for Subcontract No. 74818-001-09," (Sponsor: Los Alamos National Laboratory).
  • September 2005 - August 2008, "CRI: SEAT: Soft Error Analysis Toolset," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • January 2006 - September 2008, "U. S. Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Engery, Science and Technology Radiochemistry Education Award Program, Phase III (Previous Subaward # DE-FG07-05ID14692IDNE-006)," (Sponsor: Medical University of South Carolina).
  • July 2005 - December 2008, "Ion Uptake Determination of Dendrochronologically-dated Trees Using Neutron Activation Analysis," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy).
  • July 2005 - December 2008, "Neutron Computed Tomography of Freeze/Thaw Phenomena in Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy).
  • September 2005 - August 2007, "CRI: SEAT: Soft Error Analysis Toolset," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • January 2006 - May 2007, "Radiochemistry Education Award Program," (Sponsor: Medical University of South Carolina).
  • July 2005 - June 2006, "Neutron Computed Tomography of Freeze/Thaw Phenomena in Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy).
  • July 2005 - June 2006, "Ion Uptake Determination of Dendrochronologically-dated Trees Using Neutron Activation Analysis," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy).
  • October 2002 - December 2004, "Development and Applications of Time of Flight Neutron Depth Profiling," (Sponsor: Cornell University).
  • October 2002 - December 2004, "DOE Reactor Sharing Program," (Sponsor: Cornell University).

Honors and Awards

Service

Service to Penn State:

  • Other, Coordinator, Nuclear Nonproliferation International Safeguards Graduate Fellowship Program, 2010
  • Participation in Governance Bodies and Related Activities, Board Member, Penn State Nuclear Engineering Society, 2008
  • Other, Coordinator, Department of Homeland Security, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, Nuclear Forensic Fellowship and Scholarship Program, 2008
  • Committee Work, Committee Member, Nuclear Engineering Candidacy Exam Committee, 2003
  • Committee Work, Committee Member, Nuclear Engineering Caucus, 2002
  • Committee Work, Administrator, Member, Penn State Nuclear Reactor Safeguards Committee, 2002

Service to External Organizations:

  • Service to Business and Industry, Director, 2012
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Chairperson, Session Organizer, American Nuclear Society, 2015
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Organizer, International Technical Program Committee Member, ANIMMA 2015, 2015
 


 

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