Los Alamos National LaboratoryFUTURE: Fundamental Understanding of Transport Under Reactor Extremes
An Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences

FUTURE Postdocs

Postdoctoral researchers are the heart of the scientific enterprise, performing the hands-on work that leads to new discoveries.

Postdocs Working on FUTURE

Amitava Banerjee (LANL)


Amitava Banerjee is a postdoctoral researcher in MST-8 at LANL under the guidance of Blas Uberuaga and Edward Holby. Amitava works on the modeling cross-cutting thrust of FUTURE to study defect thermodynamics and kinetics within the metal and the oxide and at their interface as it pertains to corrosion mechanisms. In his free time, he enjoys photography, cycling and collecting stamps.

Ben Derby (LANL)

Ben Derby Portrait

Ben Derby is a graduate of The University of Michigan. While there, he studied bicontinuous interfaces in immiscible thin film alloys for enhanced strength and radiation tolerance through the use of physical vapor deposition (PVD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), scanning/transmission electron microscopy (S/TEM), focused ion beam (FIB) techniques, and ion implantation. Under thrust-1 of FUTURE, he is contributing to the synthesis of model system thin films and in situ characterization of defects in irradiated and corroded structural alloys. In his spare time, he enjoys flying airplanes, woodworking, motorcycling, and spending time with his best friends, Sydney and Gus.

Junsoo Han (UVA)


Dr. Junsoo Han is a graduate of Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris (ENSCP), France. He has been investigating the microstructural effect on the electrochemistry of a multi-phase alloy system as a member of the European Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS) project. His research has focused on the dealloying and elemental dissolution mechanism by using the atomic emission spectroelectrochemistry (AESEC) technique. He has developed the novel combination of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy with AESEC (EIS-AESEC) and the gravimetric hydrogen measurement with AESEC. For the FUTURE project, he is investigating the effect of aqueous solution, room temperature ionic liquids and the molten salts on the thermally formed oxide layer by using electrochemical techniques and surface characterization. He loves traveling, reading and learning languages.

Adric Jones (BGSU)


Adric is a post-doctorate researcher at Bowling Green State University. He is helping to design a positron beam system for the in situ study of radiation damage in shielding materials under thrust-1 of FUTURE. In his spare time he likes to play billiards and go hiking.

Hyosim Kim (LANL)


Dr. Hyosim Kim is a graduate of the Texas A&M University’s nuclear engineering department. She has been studying radiation damage in various materials especially nuclear materials such as ODS alloys by using ion accelerator, nanoindenter and electron microscopies such as scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), atom probe tomography (APT), and focused ion beam (FIB). She is experienced in operating and maintaining tandem ion accelerator for radiation damage studies and ion beam analysis; in using electron microscopies for damage and defects characterization; and in operating FIB to fabricate TEM lamellas, APT needles and micro pillars. For the FUTURE project, she is developing an in-situ positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) system on 3 MV NEC tandem accelerator and is also assisting with irradiation and corrosion experiments in liquids. She enjoys painting and playing guitar in her spare time.

Sara Mastromarino (UCB)

Sara Mastromarino is a Post-Doc at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) while she is finishing her PhD in nuclear engineering at Delft University of Technology. Saraspent 2 years during her PhD at the European Commission-Joint Research Centre working on the chemical and thermo-physical characterization of high temperature molten salt fuels and coolants. She was involved in the international project SAMOFAR for the development of MSFRs. At UCB Sara works on the elemental and physico-chemical  characterization of molten salts. She is involved in a broad range  of projects:  high temperature optical spectroscopy, elemental analysis and digestion methods of molten halides, measurements of liquid density of molten salts, and molten salt tribology and rheology. She overall supports the group with design and planning for the experimental infrastructure (e.g.design of a glove-box train for beryllium-containing and actinide-containing molten salts). Outside of the office, she is a passionate triathlete and she gained top places in several running competitions.   

Sean Mills (UCB)

Sean Mills is a graduate of Colorado School of Mines. While there, he studied strengthening and deformation mechanisms in corrosion-resistant NiTiHf alloys designed for space-age tribological applications through the use of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and focused ion beam (FIB) techniques. Under thrust-2 of FUTURE, he is contributing to in situ characterization of defects in irradiated and corroded structural alloys coupled with atomic resolution strain mapping. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, climbing and golf.

Martin Owusu-Mensah (NCSU)


Martin Owusu-Mensah is currently a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the Nuclear Engineering department of North Carolina State University under the guidance of Dr. Djamel Kaoumi. Martin holds a PhD in Nuclear Energy from the University of Paris-Saclay, France, where he worked on Understanding the first formation stages of Y,Ti oxides in Oxide Dispersion Strengthened (ODS) steels using ion implantation. Martin also holds a Master’s degree certificate from the same university in the field of Nuclear Energy specializing in Nuclear Power Plant Design. In addition, Martin also holds Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and technology, Ghana. Prior to his graduate studies, Martin worked for a year as a Teaching and research assistant and has undertaken many different internships at different times. Martin will work on radiation damage in metal/oxide interfaces in the realm of this EFRC.

Jie Qiu (UCB)

Jie Qiu
Jie Qiu is a graduate of Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics (SINAP), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China.  Jie has been investigating the corrosion of materials in molten fluoride salts for approximately 7 years. He is experienced in high temperature molten salts and skilled in analyzing materials by different techniques, including scanning electron microscope (SEM), electron probe microanalysis (EPMA), transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and synchrotron radiation techniques. In FUTURE, he is doing the corrosion of materials in high temperature molten salt and/or high pH alkaline solutions using electrochemical methods. In his spare time, he likes reading about history and playing basketball.

Ryan Schoell (NCSU)

Ryan Schoell is currently a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the department of Nuclear Engineering at North Carolina State University working with Dr. Djamel Kaoumi. Ryan earned his PhD in Nuclear Engineering under the guidance of Dr. Djamel Kaoumi studying the mechanism of chlorine-induced stress corrosion cracking of commercial 304. Ryan also has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering form Ohio State University. Ryan will be working on radiation damage of metal/metal oxide systems. In his free time, Ryan enjoys hiking and hanging out with friends.

Yang Yang (UCB)

 Yang Yang Portrait

Dr. Yang is currently a postdoc at National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM) in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He received his PhD degree from the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT. His research interests include advanced electron microscopy characterization of materials degradation under extreme environments, as well as developing advanced computation tools for understanding interfacial dynamics during ion radiation in solids. He is one of the main developers of IM3D, a full-3D Monte Carlo (MC) simulation tool for ion radiation in matter. Currently he is applying 4D-STEM technique to study point defects evolution in materials after molten salt corrosion. He enjoys photography and traveling in his spare time.

Kayla Yano (PNNL)

Kayla H. Yano received a PhD from the Department of Materials Engineering at Purdue University. Her research has utilized in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) mechanical testing to examine deformation mechanisms and microstructural evolution of irradiated materials for structural applications. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and teaching her dogs new tricks.