Djamel Kaoumi

Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering

Dr. Kaoumi’s research interests revolve around developing a mechanistic understanding of microstructure property relationships in nuclear materials, with an emphasis on microstructure evolution under harsh environment (i.e. irradiation, high temperature, and mechanical stress) and how it can impact the macroscopic properties and performance. Understanding the basic mechanisms of degradation of materials at the nanostructure level is necessary for the development of predictive models of the materials performance and for the design and development of better materials. Materials of interest include advanced alloys for structural and cladding applications in advanced nuclear systems (e.g. Austenitic steels , Advanced Ferritic/Martensitic Steels, Oxide-Dispersion-Strengthened (ODS) Steels), High-temperature Ni-based alloys, Zirconium alloys and nanocrystalline metallic systems. Characterization techniques of predilection include both in-situ and ex-situ techniques e.g. In-situ irradiation in TEM (over 15 years of experience), In-situ straining in a TEM, chemi-STEM, SEM, XRD, Synchrotron XRD.


PhD 2007

Nuclear Engineering

Pensylvania State University

MS 2001

Nuclear Engineering and minor in Materials Science

University of Florida

BS 1999


Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (France)

Research Description

Irradiation effects in structural and cladding materials Mechanical behavior of alloys / alloy development Corrosion and Stress Corrosion Cracking of structural alloys


Radiation induced segregation and precipitation behavior in self-ion irradiated Ferritic/Martensitic HT9 steel
Zheng, C., Auger, M. A., Moody, M. P., & Kaoumi, D. (2017), Journal of Nuclear Materials, 491, 162-176.
Effect of heat treatment on the temperature dependence of the fracture behavior of X-750 alloy
Marsh, C., Depinoy, S., & Kaoumi, D. (2016), Materials Science & Engineering. A, Structural Materials: Properties, Microstructure and Processing, 677, 474-484.

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