Every engineering design can only be as good as the material it is made out of.
This is the principal that guides the materials group in the nuclear engineering department at UC Berkeley. Our team carries out cutting-edge material science in order to develop a fundamental understanding of materials in their engineering application. A main focus of the research group is on materials in extreme environments, especially nuclear. Therefore, understanding radiation damage and associated effects on materials is an essential aspect of our work. In addition, low and high temperature, high stress, and liquid-metal environments receive significant attention. Through understanding the underlying principles of these materials, we are able to make true progress on material development and predictability, leading to dramatic improvements in a variety of engineering applications.