Lingfeng He

Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering

  • 919-515-0465
  • Burlington Laboratory 2142


Dr. Lingfeng He received his B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from the Central South University in 2003 and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2009. He was a postdoctoral researcher and assistant scientist at Nagaoka University of Technology, Japan, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison before joining Idaho National Laboratory (INL) as a staff scientist in 2014. He was a distinguished staff scientist (Level V) and High-Resolution Materials Characterization group lead at INL prior to joining NC State as an Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering in August 2022.

Dr. He is interested in materials behavior in radiation, corrosion, stress and ultrahigh temperature extremes. His main research areas include ceramics and composites, nuclear fuels, structural materials, spent nuclear fuels, nuclear waste forms, synthesis/manufacturing, advanced characterization, radiation effects, molten salt corrosion, oxidation, mechanical properties and thermal properties.

Dr. He services as the PI/Co-PI for 11 Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) projects, 2 Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs), 1 Basic Energy Sciences (BES) Core Program, 1 International Nuclear Energy Research Initiative (I-NERI) project, 1 Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP) project, 1 Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) project and 46 Nuclear Science User Facility (NSUF) Rapid Turnaround Experiments besides supporting multiple DOE programs at INL.  He is the top collaborator at NSUF.

Dr. He has been a mentor for 5 postdoctoral researchers (they are now 2 tenure-track faculty and 3 staff scientists at INL), 2 graduate students (1 became a staff scientist at INL) , 7 summer intern students from Michigan, MIT, RPI, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin at INL.  He has published 126 peer-reviewed journal articles, with an H-index of 30 (according to Web of Science), 20 peer-reviewed conference proceedings, 1 book chapter, and held 5 patents. He is an ad hoc reviewer of 55 journals and proposals for NEUP, NSUF, SBIR/STTR, LDRD at INL.  He has given 45 invited/plenary talks at conferences/workshops/university seminars. He is the recipient of the INL Laboratory Director’s 2020 Exceptional Scientific Achievement Award.


Ph.D. 2009

Materials Science

Chinese Academy of Sciences

B.S. 2003

Metallurgical Engineering

Central South University, China

Research Description

Dr. He studies materials behavior in extreme environments, with a focus on environmental degradation of materials in nuclear power systems. He aims to understand how the processing and radiation/corrosion environments affects the microstructure, mechanical/thermal properties, and structural integrity/durability of materials and components.