NERS celebrates 65 years

NERS celebrates 65 years

From pioneering beginnings to cutting-edge laboratories, groundbreaking research endeavors, and sustainable energy innovations in nuclear engineering and radiological sciences.
NERS faculty receive $6.5M in DOE funding awards

NERS faculty receive $6.5M in DOE funding awards

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $56 million in funding for 68 nuclear energy projects The U-M Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences (NERS) has received $6.5 million in funding to lead five projects to advance nuclear technology. Grand Challenge to Accelerated Deployment of Advanced Reactors – A Predictive Pathway for Rapid…
Unbreakable bonds

Unbreakable bonds

The properties of PFAS are so great that we have used these chemicals widely—so widely that now they contaminate our water, our air, our land and our bodies. What can we do about it? Engineers have some ideas, although it’s not going to be easy.
Smaller, Robust Heat Exchangers

Smaller, Robust Heat Exchangers

Funded with $4 million from the US Department of Energy's Integrated Research Projects program, the U-M Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences is leading a project focused on compact heat exchangers.

MTV hosts University Program Review

The annual review provides a venue for students and collaborating scientists to showcase their research and allow programmatic oversight and technical interchange between student researchers, National Laboratories, and government research managers.

NERS in the News

Michigan Engineering

December 5, 2023

New Energy

Once derided as “forever 30 years away,” fusion energy has a new swagger. Will it last?

Idaho National Laboratory

November 9, 2023

Idaho National Laboratory to play a key role in Midwest hydrogen hub

INL, along with Argonne National Laboratory, Northwestern University and the University of Michigan, will support MachH2 by providing the technoeconomic and life cycle analyses of the hydrogen hub.

Michigan ENgineering

October 16, 2023

Soon-to-be most powerful laser in the US is open for experiments

The NSF-supported facility at U-M is about to begin welcoming researchers to study extreme physics that could advance medicine, microelectronics and more.

The Detroit News

October 13, 2023

Michigan-backed hydrogen hub gets up to $1B from feds

The U.S. Department of Energy is giving a Michigan-backed clean hydrogen hub project up to $1 billion to develop regional supply chains for the production, distribution and use of hydrogen in trucks and heavy-duty vehicles, officials said Friday.Chair Todd Allen is quoted.


August 28, 2023

As Michigan looks for green energy sources, is the answer more or less nuclear power in the state?

Michigan is home to three of the world’s 400-some nuclear power stations. When all three are up and running, Michigan gets about 30% of its energy from nuclear sources. Chair Todd Allen discusses.

KCBS Radio

August 24, 2023

Japan is releasing treated wastewater from the Fukishima nuclear plant

Japan has started a controversial practice of releasing treated wastewater from the Fukishima nuclear plant today to get rid of the hundreds of millions of gallons being stored on site. Prof. John Lee discusses.

Detroit News

August 14, 2023

Todd Allen and Carol Browner: Palisades Nuclear Plant promises clean power

Reopening a modernized Palisades would revitalize the state’s grid with reliable clean energy for decades to come.

Detroit News

July 24, 2023

U-M gets $7.5M in federal aid to research nuclear energy projects

U-M received $7.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, which in June funded 68 nuclear energy projects with grants totaling more than $56 million. The projects support the development of nuclear technology, early career faculty research and student research at universities and a national laboratory.

Washington Post

July 24, 2023

How Oppenheimer weighed the odds of an atomic bomb test ending Earth

In a chilling, existential, bizarrely comic moment, the new movie “Oppenheimer” revives an old question: Did Manhattan Project scientists think there was even a minute possibility that detonating the first atomic bomb on the remote plains of New Mexico could destroy the world? NERS Prof. Aditi Verma is quoted.

University Record

July 20, 2023

Mark J. Kushner honored with Distinguished University Professorship

Kushner was named the William P. Allis Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.


July 5, 2023

Risk involved in releasing treated radioactive water from Fukushima plant ‘minimal’: Analyst

The United Nations’ nuclear watchdog said that a two-year review showed Japan’s plans to release treated wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea were consistent with global safety standards. The amount of risk involved is very minimal and inconsequential, said some observers. Prof. John Lee shares more.


June 20, 2023

Astrophysics, nuclear fusion centers receive $27M

Two Centers of Excellence for studying basic science surrounding how hot plasmas behave, funded by the National Nuclear Security Administration, have been awarded to NERS professors Carolyn Kuranz and Ryan McBride.


March 23, 2023

Russia and U.S. Cut Each Other Off From Key Info On Nuclear Weapons

The United States is returning the favor regarding the sharing of nuclear data after Russia suspended its participation in the New START Treaty last month. NERS prof. Sara Pozzi is quoted.

The Washington Post

February 19, 2023

Smaller, safer, cheaper? Modular nuclear plants could reshape coal country.

The Biden administration envisions dozens of ‘modular’ nuclear plants sprouting across the country. Why coal communities are so eager to be the staging ground for the risky endeavor. Fastest Path to Zero Lead Data Analyst Gabrielle Hoelzle is quoted.

The Conversation

December 13, 2022

Why fusion ignition is being hailed as a major breakthrough in fusion – a nuclear physicist explains

American scientists have announced what they have called a major breakthrough in a long-elusive goal of creating energy from nuclear fusion. NERS prof. Carolyn Kuranz is quoted.


December 13, 2022

Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough: Can The Quest For Clean Energy Finally Help Tackle The Climate Crisis?

Scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California have managed to get more energy out of a nuclear fusion reaction than they put in to trigger it. NERS Chair Todd Allen is quoted.


December 13, 2022

U.S. reaches a fusion power milestone. Will it be enough to save the planet?

Scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy have reached a breakthrough in nuclear fusion. NERS prof. Ryan McBride is quoted.

StateImpact Oklahoma

SEPTEMBER 15, 2022

Where should we put our country’s nuclear waste? StateImpact Oklahoma goes underground to find out

More than 2,000 feet underground in Carlsbad, New Mexico, sits the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). NERS prof. Aditi Verma is quoted.


August 1, 2022

Is nuclear having a moment? It depends on who you ask.

In the race to decarbonize the world’s energy mix, solar panels, wind turbines and batteries have taken center stage. NERS Chair Todd Allen is quoted.

Michigan Engineering News

JUNE 3, 2022

Solar powered, point-of-use plasma disinfection tool for clean water on demand

John Foster’s group is developing a plasma-device for disinfecting water on-demand that will be solar- or human-powered.


JUNE 2, 2022

How neutrinos could ensure a submarine’s nuclear fuel isn’t weaponized

Nuclear submarines might provide rogue nations with a path to nuclear weapons. But neutrinos could help reveal attempts to go from boats to bombs. NERS prof. Igor Jovanovic is quoted.