The Materials Science and Technology Division (MSTD) is one of eighteen Professional Divisions within the American Nuclear Society (ANS). The MSTD serves as a resource within the ANS for the dissemination of information related to nuclear materials. Materials selection and performance issues are central to all applications of nuclear technology. The MSTD has traditionally served as the primary sponsor of meetings and publications in the fields of nuclear fuel performance and modeling. However, emerging non-traditional applications of nuclear science pose interesting new materials challenges. Areas of interest to the MSTD include not only fission reactor fuel performance and modeling, but also areas such as power plant aging and life extension, fusion reactor systems, isotope production, gamma irradiation, interim spent fuel storage, actinide disposition, and shielding.

The objectives of MSTD are:

    1. Promote the advancement of materials science in Nuclear Science Technology
    2. Support the multidisciplines which constitute it
    3. Encourage research by providing a forum for the presentation, exchange, and documentation of relevant information
    4. Promote the interaction and communication among its members
    5. Recognize and reward its members for significant contributions to the field of materials science in nuclear technology

To meet these goals, the Division sponsors technical programming associated with the American Nuclear Society Annual and Winter Meetings, as well as separate conferences focused on specific materials topics. The technical content of these meetings is documented in a variety of ways including peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings books. To encourage young materials professionals, the Division typically sponsors a variety of student activities including scholarships, ANS student conferences, and travel support to ANS Annual and Winter Meetings. The MSTD also sponsors a biennial awards luncheon at the ANS Winter Meetings to recognize significant contributions to the nuclear materials field.

The Materials Science and Technology Division offers an opportunity to network with other materials science professionals in the nuclear field. These connections will help to build relationships within the field, find new opportunities for collaborations, and help to increase awareness about the challenges that face professionals in one of the most interesting and rewarding branches of nuclear science and materials science.

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Recent MSTD News

Rory Kennedy Receives ANS Fellow Award

Rory Kennedy Receives ANS Fellow Award

  Dr. Rory Kennedy, director of the Nuclear Science User Facilities, was recognized for the ANS Fellow Award at the ANS 2020 Virtual Winter Meeting, Nov. 16-19. The Fellow designation is the highest membership grade ANS can bestow on an individual and acknowledges outstanding leadership, professional accomplishments, and service to the profession. Read more here.... read more

2022 ANS Winter Meeting and Technology Expo

Join us in Phoenix, Arizona! November 13–17, 2022 | Phoenix, AZ | Arizona Grand Resort The 2022 ANS Winter Meeting promises to be one of the year’s most exciting and informative educational and networking events for attendees from every facet of nuclear science and technology. If you’re interested in expanding your knowledge, sharing ideas, and networking in one of the world’s most exciting entertainment destinations, don’t miss this opportunity. Please join us at the 2022 ANS Winter Meeting. In addition, the Technology Expo will give attendees a glimpse into the applications of new technology through three days of exhibits and special events. The Expo will also give attendees many opportunities to network with each other and establish new professional relationships while having food and fun in a friendly and informal setting. Click here to sign up and learn more!... read more