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Steve Zinkle

Governor’s Chair for Nuclear Materials

Steve Zinkle aims to help build a better nuclear reactor. His focus is on developing high-performance, radiation-resistant materials for advanced nuclear fission and fusion energy applications.

Zinkle is using ions and neutrons to explore the stability and thermal conductivity of certain fuels. He is also researching accident-tolerant fuel systems for reactors in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster in Japan.

He holds a joint appointment in the UT Departments of Nuclear Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering.

Bio Pages

UT Knoxville


Lab Page

Zinkle Research Group

In the News

June 2023 UT awarded National Science Foundation Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

February 2019 On a Scientific Mission to Mars

October 2017 Zinkle Receives Lecture Award

March 2017 Zinkle Awarded High Honor for Work in Materials Research

June 2015 Three UT Faculty Members Awarded $2.2 Million for Nuclear Projects

January 2014 Zinkle and Smith Named American Physical Society Fellows


August 2013

Steve Zinkle

Contact Info


UT 865-974-4589
ORNL 865-576-5785

214 Nuclear Engineering Building
1412 Circle Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-1400