Ayman Hawari

Distinguished University Professor of Nuclear Engineering, Director of Nuclear Reactor Program

Director of Nuclear Reactor Program
  • 919-515-4598
  • Burlington Laboratory 2116

Dr. Hawari is interested in performing experimental and computational investigation (simulations) to understand the fundamentals of the interaction of radiation with matter and the resulting ramifications that impact the engineering of nuclear systems.  Currently, his research group conducts measurements and simulations (using ab initio and molecular dynamics methods) to investigate the scattering of thermal neutrons in matter and to generate thermal neutron scattering cross section data. In addition, they apply atomistic modeling techniques and develop experiments to study the behavior of accident tolerant fuel in the extreme radiation and temperature environments of a nuclear reactor.  Hawari’s group is also engaged in the validation and benchmark of modern nuclear reactor simulation tools in support of transient testing of nuclear fuel. All of these thrust areas directly support the development of Advanced Nuclear Reactors including Small Modular Reactor concepts.

Dr. Hawari’s work also focuses on developing and utilizing radiation beams as probes of matter at the nano-scale. This includes the utilization of thermal neutron beams in imaging and scattering applications, and the use of slow positron beams to assay nano-porosity in matter. These types of beams can be generated using a nuclear reactor such as the PULSTAR research reactor on the NCSU campus. Therefore, he is interested in the development of experimental facilities for nondestructive examination at research reactors. Information about the PULSTAR reactor and facilities developed by Hawari’s group can be found at https://www.ne.ncsu.edu/nrp/


Ph.D. 1995

Nuclear Engineering

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

M.S.E. 1990

Nuclear Engineering

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

B.S.E. 1987

Nuclear Engineering

University of Missouri-Rolla

Research Description

Dr. Hawari's work covers various areas that are important for the design of Advanced Nuclear Reactors, including thermal neutron scattering cross sections data generation, computational and experimental investigation of accident tolerant fuel, and the development of modern computational methods to support analysis of transient fuel testing experiments.


Impact of magnetic structure and thermal effects on vibrational excitations and neutron scattering in uranium mononitride
Wormald, J. L., Hawari, A., & Zerkle, M. L. (2020), ANNALS OF NUCLEAR ENERGY, 143. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anucene.2020.107447
Material defect study of thallium lead iodide (TlPbI3) crystals for radiation detector applications
Yang, G., Phan, Q. V., Liu, M., Hawari, A., & Kim, H. (2020), Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, 954, 161516. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nima.2018.10.194
On a measurement approach to support evaluation of thermal scattering law data
Hawari, A. I. (2020, January), ANNALS OF NUCLEAR ENERGY, Vol. 135. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anucene.2019.106940
Role of Lithium Codoping in Enhancing the Scintillation Yield of Aluminate Garnets
Wu, Y., Yang, G., Han, D., Liu, M., Hawari, A., Du, M.-H., … Melcher, C. L. (2020), PHYSICAL REVIEW APPLIED, 13(6). https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevApplied.13.064060
A new cryogenic apparatus to search for the neutron electric dipole moment
Ahmed, M. W., Alarcon, R., Aleksandrova, A., Baessler, S., Barron-Palos, L., Bartoszek, L. M., … Young, A. R. (2019), JOURNAL OF INSTRUMENTATION, 14. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-0221/14/11/P11017
Assessment of thermal neutron scattering in a heavy paraffinic molecular material
Manring, C. A., & Hawaii, A. I. (2019, June), ANNALS OF NUCLEAR ENERGY, Vol. 128, pp. 140–147. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anucene.2018.12.042
TREAT M2 experiment modeling for transient benchmark analysis
Sorrell, N. C., & Hawari, A. I. (2019, June), ANNALS OF NUCLEAR ENERGY, Vol. 128, pp. 398–405. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anucene.2019.01.026
Digital pulse deconvolution with adaptive shaping for real-time high-resolution high-throughput gamma spectroscopy
Saxena, S., & Hawari, A. I. (2018), Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment. https://doi.org/10.1016/J.NIMA.2018.09.123
ENDF/B-VIII.0: The 8 th Major Release of the Nuclear Reaction Data Library with CIELO-project Cross Sections, New Standards and Thermal Scattering Data
Brown, D. A., Chadwick, M. B., Capote, R., Kahler, A. C., Trkov, A., Herman, M. W., … Zhu, Y. (2018), Nuclear Data Sheets, 148, 1–142. https://doi.org/10.1016/J.NDS.2018.02.001
ENDF/B-VIII.0: The 8th major release of the nuclear reaction data library with CIELO-project cross Sections, new standards and thermal scattering data
Brown, D. A., Chadwick, M. B., Capote, R., Kahler, A. C., Trkov, A., Herman, M. W., … Brown, F. (2018), Nuclear Data Sheets, 148, 1–142.

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NNCI: North Carolina Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network (RTNN)
National Science Foundation (NSF)(9/01/20 - 8/31/25)
Development and Evaluation of Neutron Thermalization Integral Benchmarks for Advanced Reactor Applications
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(10/01/19 - 9/30/22)
TSA: Neutron Activation of Holmium-166 to Support the Development of Radioactive Bandages for the Treatment of Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer; Binghamton University
Binghamton University, State University of New York(7/15/19 - 7/14/20)
Development and Evaluation of Thermal Neutron Scattering Law
National Nuclear Security Administration(10/01/19 - 9/30/24)
Evaluation of the Thermal Scattering Law for Advanced Reactor Neutron Moderators and Reflectors
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(10/01/18 - 9/30/21)
NSUF CINR#13211 Irradiation at the NCSU PULSTAR Reactor Laboratory; for Dr. Stubbins, U. Illinois
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(1/24/18 - 7/31/20)
Establishing a Hot Cell Capability at the PULSTAR Reactor
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(10/01/18 - 9/30/19)
BWXT Tollgate 5 Irradiation Services RFQ
BWXT Isotope Technology Group, Inc. (11/01/17 - 1/31/18)
Development of Information Trustworthiness and Integrity Algorithms for Cybersecurity Defenses of Nuclear Power Reactors Technical Workscope Identification: NE-1
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(10/01/17 - 9/30/20)
A Comprehensive Upgrade of the PULSTAR Reactor Control Console
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(8/01/16 - 7/31/18)