Rob Hayes

Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering, Joint Faculty Appointment with ORNL

Dr. Hayes’ thrust areas span nuclear nonproliferation including nuclear assay and retrospective dosimetry. He also finds health physics, nuclear crtiticality safety, burnup, shielding, nuclear waste disposal and novel detection methods of interest, particularly when they relate back to nonproliferation. Dr. Hayes is a Certified Health Physicist and a licensed Professional Engineer (nuclear) with industry and field experience in radiological emergency response, nuclear waste management, nuclear safety, radiation dosimetry, nuclear criticality safety, air monitoring, ALARA and shielding design.

Education

Ph.D. 1999

Nuclear Engineering

University of Utah

M.S. 1997

Physics

University of Utah

B.S. 1994

Physics

University of Utah

B.S. 1994

Mathematics

University of Utah

Research Description

Dr. Hayes' research interests include nuclear nonproliferation, radiological emergency response and nuclear waste disposal technologies which are advanced using novel hybrid approaches including radiation detection, air monitoring, luminescence and magnetic resonance coupled with Monte Carlo radiation transport modeling. His research includes luminescence and magnetic resonance techniques on free radicals created from exposure to ionizing radiation in conjunction with air monitoring technologies related to consequence assessment and emergency response. Tying all these together are novel detection methodologies which include HPGe applications for field assay coupled with low resolution detector platforms. Modeling these effects with Monte Carlo radiation transport codes to interpolate and extrapolate from measured values then allows useful predictions tied back to measurement. His background includes many years of industrial experience at a nuclear waste repository and on the federal radiological emergency response teams.

Publications

Nuclear energy myths versus facts support it's expanded use - a review
Hayes, R. B. (2022), Cleaner Energy Systems, 6, 100009. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cles.2022.100009
The ubiquity of nuclear fission reactors throughout time and space
Hayes, R. B. (2022), PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY OF THE EARTH, 125, 103083. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pce.2021.103083
Thermoluminescence and optically stimulated luminescence response of Al2O3 coatings deposited by mist-chemical vapor deposition
Kanies, B., Hayes, R., & Yang, G. (2022), RADIATION PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY, 191, 109860. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radphyschem.2021.109860
An effectively nondestructive method for dose assessment from accidental exposure using PCBs from electronic watches
Tchouaso, M. T., Coon, N., & Hayes, R. B. (2021), RADIATION MEASUREMENTS, 11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radmeas.2021.106648
A Novel Approach to Realistic Conservatism in Nuclear Criticality Safety Analysis
Hayes, R. B. (2020), NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY. https://doi.org/10.1080/00295450.2020.1762472
Ionizing Radiation Shielding Properties of Metal Oxide Impregnated Conformal Coatings
DeVanzo, M., & Hayes, R. B. (2020), Radiation Physics and Chemistry, 171, 108685. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radphyschem.2020.108685
Low level EPR dosimetry of a commercial sugar
Hayes, R. B., & Abdelrahman, F. M. (2020), Applied Radiation and Isotopes, 157, 109038. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apradiso.2020.109038
Retrospective characterization of special nuclear material in time and space
Hayes, R. B., & O'Mara, R. P. (2020), Radiation Measurements, 133, 106301. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radmeas.2020.106301
Incremental Gains in Transuranic Activity Analysis in Air Samples for Radiological Emergency Response
Cope, S. J., & Hayes, R. B. (2019), Nuclear Technology, 205(9), 1219–1235. https://doi.org/10.1080/00295450.2019.1590074
Initial TL/OSL/EPR Considerations for commercial diatomaceous earth in retrospective dosimetry and dating
Hayes, R. B., O’Mara, R. P., & Hooper, D. A. (2019), Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1093/rpd/ncz013

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Grants

OSL and EPR Measurements by North Carolina State University
National Nuclear Security Administration(8/30/21 - 3/01/23)
Measurements of Short-lived Fission Products Yields from Photon-Induces Fission of Special Nuclear Materials
National Nuclear Security Administration(10/01/18 - 5/31/22)
Faculty Development Program in Nuclear Engineering at North Carolina State University, 2014
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission(8/01/14 - 7/31/19)
Proposal for a Consortium for Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(7/31/14 - 9/30/20)