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Kenan Unlu

Director, Radiation Science And Engineering Center/Professor Of Nuclear Engineering

Department(s):

  • Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
  • Breazeale Nuclear Reactor
  • Nuclear Engineering

102 Breazeale Nuclear Reactor Building

k-unlu@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

Book

  • 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

Conference Proceeding

  • 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"

Journal Article

  • 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

Manuscript

  • 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

  • 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).

Honors and Awards

Service

Service to Penn State:

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

Service to External Organizations:

  • Chairperson, Session Organizer, American Nuclear Society, 2015
  • Organizer, International Technical Program Committee Member, ANIMMA 2015, 2015
  • Director, 2012
 


 

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The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State is one of the nation’s largest and most successful engineering departments. We serve more than 1,000 undergraduate students and more than 330 graduate students

We offer B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering as well as resident (M.S., Ph.D.) and online (M.S., M.Eng.) graduate degrees in nuclear engineering and mechanical engineering. MNE's strength is in offering hands-on experience in highly relevant research areas, such as energy, homeland security, biomedical devices, and transportation systems.

Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

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The Pennsylvania State University

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Phone: 814-865-2519