Dr. Yadu Sasikumar is an R&D Staff in the Used Fuel and Nuclear Material Disposition (UFNMD) group within NEFCD at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). His research specializes in the evaluation of Spent Nuclear Fuel (SNF) integrity and its interaction with the environment under storage and disposal conditions. His work primarily involves designing and conducting experiments with SNF at the Irradiated Fuels Examination Laboratory (IFEL).
Yadu earned an M.S. (2016) in Nuclear Engineering from Imperial College London. His M.S. thesis focused on irradiation embrittlement in Molten Salt Reactor (MSR) cladding at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO). Yadu received his PhD (2022) in Nuclear Engineering from the Open University, UK under the Imperial, Cambridge, and Open University Centre for Doctoral Training (ICO-CDT) program. His PhD thesis involved assessing the wetting and solubility of SNF surfaces using synchrotron X-ray spectroscopy and powder adsorption isotherms.
Yadu's association with ORNL began in 2020 when he joined as an Advanced Short-Term Research Opportunity (ASTRO) intern. Following his internship, Yadu proceeded to work as a postdoctoral researcher in the Nuclear Engineering Department at Purdue University, where he studied the airborne release and contamination from failed fuel using computational simulations and hot cell experiments at ORNL.