Jianbang Ge

Jianbang got his Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering at University of Science and Technology Beijing, China under the supervision of Prof. Shuqiang Jiao. His research focused on the capture and electrochemical conversion of CO2 in LiCl-based molten salts, inert anodes applied in various molten salts, and electrochemical preparation of different metals and alloys. Last year he worked as a postdoc in the Dr. Bard’s group and produced silicon film with inert anode in molten salts for photovoltaic applications. Now, he focus on nuclear material corrosion and development in Dr. Jinsuo Zhang’ group.


Dr. Huali Wu joined Dr.Zhang’s group at Virginia Tech as a post-doctoral researcher in Jan, 2020. Her expertise is materials characterization using spectroscopic and microscopic techniques and characterization of molten fluoride salts for Molten Salt Reactors (MSRs) development. She is also interested in human behavior management and nuclear non-proliferation.

Dr. Huali Wu received her Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Prof. Ralcua Scarlat from the Department of Engineering Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2019 and Master’s degree under the supervision of Prof. Hassan Yassin from the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University in 2013.

Graduate Students

Amanda Sue Wen Leong

Amanda graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2017 from The Ohio State University together with a minor in Nuclear Engineering. She currently is pursuing her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech. Her research focuses on corrosion studies on multi-metallic layer composite materials. Her interests are in developing corrosion mechanisms analysis methods and, reciprocally, to use these approaches to better understand the corrosion mechanisms, in hope to assuage concerns on corrosion risks in nuclear applications.

Weiqian Zhuo

Weiqian Zhuo joined NMFC since 2017 fall. He is pursuing his Ph.D. by conducting the researches on advanced nuclear fuel materials. Currently he is working on a nuclear metallic fuel project which is studying the mechanism of stabilizing lanthanides by the additives (Antimony and Tellurium) against FCCI. His research involves experiment and simulation. For experiment, he focuses on diffusion behavior between metallic fuel/cladding by performing diffusion couple test, and evaluation of the thermodynamic properties and optimization of phase diagram by DSC. For simulation, he is primarily using MOOSE frame work to study the liquid-like Ln transportation mechanism encompassing multi-physics model (diffusion, precipitation, and interfacial exchange, etc.), and the additive behavior utilizing phase field model.

He completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Nuclear Engineering in 2013 and 2016 at North China Electric Power University.

Qiufeng Yang

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Aug. 2017 –
·Major in Nuclear Program
Xi’an Jiaotong University Sept. 2008 – Jul. 2012
·Bachelor of Engineering in Nuclear Engineering and Nuclear Technology

Hainan Yiling Engineering Co., Ltd Jan, 2015 – May, 2017
A subsidiary of Shenzhen Yiling Engineering Corporation
Engineering Design Dept.
·Project designer in charge of engineering design
Hainan Nuclear Power Co., Ltd Jul, 2012 – Jan, 2015
A subsidiary of China National Nuclear Corporation
Instrument Control Dept.
·Assistant engineer in charge of KSN, KME, KDO system

Brendan D’Souza

Brendan D’Souza received his Masters degree in Nuclear Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology, in 2015, and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Mumbai University in 2010. He is currently a PhD student working under Dr. Jinsuo Zhang at the Center for Nuclear Materials and Fuel Cycle Research at Virginia Tech.

His research focuses on the studying the flow induced corrosion for materials in molten chloride salt system for high temperature Molten Salt Reactors (MSRs). The research is primarily focused on developing a high temperature isothermal / non-isothermal flow loop replicating the MSR conditions in order to study the kinetic behavior of material corrosion and its compatibility in molten chloride salt system. His previous work also involved studying the Al corrosion behavior in borated aqueous based solution under varying LOCA conditions in light water reactors.

Mingyang Zhang

Mingyang Zhang received his Master degree in Mechanical Engineering in Dec. 2017 from Virginia Tech, and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering in Jul. 2017 from Shandong University. He is pursuing PhD degree in Dr. Jinsuo Zhang’s Nuclear Materials and Fuel Cycle Research Center from Aug. 2018.

His research focuses on the thermodynamic properties of high-temperature Mg-based molten chloride salt used in third-generation concentrating solar (CSP) plant as heat transfer fluid. The research is primarily focused on the redox potential and activity of the corrosion products, as well as the activity and vapor pressure of each salt component by conducting electrochemical experiments and using computational modeling methods.

Brent Davis

Brenton Davis received his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering in 2017 from Virginia Tech. He is currently working on his PhD doing research under Dr. Jinsuo Zhang at the center for Nuclear Materials and Fuel Cycle Research at Virginia Tech.

Brent’s research focuses molten lead that would be used for lead-cooled fast reactors (LFR). His research is primarily focused on the activation of different structural materials in lead using static systems.

Nagihan Karakaya

Nagihan Karakaya received her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical and Process Engineering from Bilecik Seyh Edebali University in 2015. She is currently studying on her Master’s and PhD under Dr. Jinsuo Zhang supervision at the center for Nuclear Materials and Fuel Cycle Research at Virginia Tech. Her research focuses on nuclear fuel processing and nuclear fuel components manufacturing.

Jaewoo Park

Jaewoo graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering in 2017 from Hanyang University, South Korea, and a Master of Science in Materials in 2018 from Imperial College London. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at Virginia Tech under Dr Jinsuo Zhang’s supervision. His research is mainly about the electro-chemical behavior of materials in molten salts and molten salt impregnation characteristics of graphite, which are closely related with molten salt reactors.

Undergraduate Student

Jimmy Burke

Jimmy Burke is an undergraduate Materials Science and Engineering student at Virginia Tech. He intends on completing his B.S. degree with a minor in Nuclear Engineering by Spring 2022. Jimmy joined the NMFC during the fall of 2019. He currently works as a research assistant in Dr. Jinsuo Zhang’s lab, aiding Weiqian Zhuo in his research on fuel cladding chemical interaction mechanisms. Jimmy has also begun to investigate metallic fuel interactions with liquid sodium and lead coolant.

Andrew Bagnoli

Andrew Bagnoli is an undergraduate student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is currently on track to receive a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Physics in the Spring of 2020. Andrew is also working at the Nuclear Materials and Fuel Cycle Center under Dr. Jinsuo Zhang in the area of electrochemical modeling.


Visiting Scholars

Pu Wang

Pu Wang joined NMFC since Nov. 2019 as a Joint-Training Ph.D. Candidate. He currently is pursuing his Ph.D. in Materials Engineering and Technology at Harbin Engineering University. Now he focuses on the calculation in the molten salt and the electrochemical separation of lanthanides.

Taiqi Yin

Taiqi Yin as a joint-training Ph. D candidate joined NMFC since 2019. He received his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering and Technology at Daqing Normal University in 2014. He is pursuing his Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering at Harbin Engineering University from 2014. He was a joint-training Ph.D. candidate at Institute of High Energy Physics from 2017 to 2019, and his research focused on electrochemical separation of actinides from lanthanides in molten salt. Now, he focuses on electrochemical properties and separation of lanthanides in fluoride molten salt in Dr. Jinsuo Zhang’s group.

Da Wang

Da wang is pursuing his Ph.D degree in the College of Nuclear Science and Engineering at North China Electric Power University, under the supervision of Prof. Fenglei Niu. His research focused on the debris effect on the water flow in the fuel assemblies after LOCA. Currently, he is working as a Joint-Training Ph.D Candidate in Prof. Jinsuo Zhang’s group at the Department of Mechanical Engineering in Virginia Tech(VT). His research involves structural materials corrosion and water chemistry.


Name E-mail
Graduate student (Ph.D) Yafei Wang
Graduate student (Ph.D) Wentao Zhou
Graduate student (Ph.D) Yi Xie
Graduate student (Ph.D) Evan Wu
Graduate student (Ph.D) Xiang Li
Graduate student (MS) Jeremy Isler
Graduate student (MS) Sha Xue
Graduate student (MS) Yixing Shen
Graduate student (MS) Nikolas Shay
Graduate student (MS) Erik Lahti
Graduate student (MS) Bill Cohen
Graduate student (MS) Rod Lewandowshi
Graduate student (MS) Lemi Geda
Graduate student (MS) Jayendran Chandrasekaran
Postdoc (11/2014-12/2016)
Research scientist (12/2016-12/2018)
Shaoqiang Guo
Postdoc (08/2016-07/2018) Yi Xie
Postdoc Yakun Zhu
Postdoc Adib Samin
Postdoc Sabrina Tietze
Postdoc Xinquan Zhou
Postdoc Xiaoji Li
Postdoc Huidan Yu
Postdoc Wenzhong Zhou
Postdoc Jiabin Han
Postdoc Wentao Zhou
Visiting scholar Hong Fu
Visiting scholar Shengqiang Ma
Visiting scholar Rui Qiang