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Melanie M O'Connell

Irradiated Materials Properties Evaluation - Technical Staff Member

I recently joined ORNL in March 2023 working in the Advanced Nuclear Materials group as a technical staff member for irradiated materials properties evaluation.  Currently I have 25 years’ experience working in laboratories within the petroleum and polymer industries.  My main focus right now is on graphite programs including testing pre and post irradiated specimens.

  • Techmer PM- Polymer colorants and additives
    • Analytical Chemist/ Supervisor- February 2007- November 2022
  • Calumet Specialty Product Partners- Petroleum
    • Quality Control Laboratory Supervisor- April 2001- February 2007
  • Fuchs Lubricants Co.- Metal Lubricants
    • Quality Control Chemist- February 1997- April 2001

BS Chemistry- Purdue University Northwest

  • ISO 9001 and ISO 17025
  • Quality Audits- internal/ external
  • Operation and verification of testing instrumentation used in petroleum and polymer testing 
  • Maintenance of laboratory documentation
  • Quality assurance and inspections
  • 5S world class manufacturing
  • Atlas accelerated weatherometers- Xenon and QUV
  • Mettler Toledo DSC and TGA, FTIR and FTIR microscope analysis
  • Instron and Tinius Olsen- Mechanical testing of polymers including Tensile, Flex, and Impact, Heat deflection
  • Surface resistivity, static decay, x-ray fluorescence, transmission haze and clarity
  • Flammability tests- UL94 and NFPA 701, Melt flow rates