Diego B Del-Castillo-Negrete

Senior Research and Development Staff

Dr. Diego del-Castillo-Negrete holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Texas at Austin (1994). Before joining ORNL in 2000, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (1998-2000), a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of Californian San Diego (1994-1998), and a Research Assistant in the Institute for Fusion Studies at the University of Texas at Austin (1990-1994).

The research interests of Dr. del-Castillo-Negrete span a wide spectrum of topics in plasma theory, nonlinear dynamics, mathematical modeling, and computational physics.  His current research is focused on anomalous transport, turbulence, heat transport in 3-dimensional stochastic magnetic fields, and runaway electrons in tokamak disruptions.  As of August 2018 he has over 100 publications, more than 50 of them as first author, and 3138 citations with h-index 26 (according to Google Scholar).  He has presented over 60 oral presentations in conferences and over 80 seminars and colloquia in Universities and Laboratories. He has acted as a co-advisor of 8 Ph.D. students and 2 M.S. students, and has advised 3 Postdoctoral researchers.

Dr. del-Castillo-Negrete has held several visiting positions and fellowships including: J.T. Oden Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin (September 2015); Joint Institute for Fusion Theory exchange visiting scientist at the National Institute for Fusion Studies, Toki-city, Japan (June 2016); Visiting Professor fellowship at the Institute of Applied Mathematics and Systems at the University of Mexico (May 2016); Visiting Professor at the Aix-Marseille University, France (July 2010, June 2008, October 2007); Visiting Staff Member and Fellow of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Program at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (August 2012, June 2011, June-August 1993); Visiting Professor at  the  Department of Physics University Carlos III,  Madrid, Spain (March 2012); Visiting Scientist Scholar Erasmus Mundus European Nuclear Fusion Science and Engineering program (2011); Visiting Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil (September 2011).  

Dr. del-Castillo-Negrete has served in program, organizing, and executive committees in several meetings including American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics Meeting, International Sherwood Fusion Theory Conference, International Congress on Plasma Physics, First Pan American Congress on Computational Mechanics, the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics Conference on Analysis of Partial Differential Equations, and the 2018 Mathematics Science Research Institute program on Hamiltonian systems.  In 2016 he was guest editor for Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion special issue featuring invited papers from the Sherwood Fusion Theory Conference.