Beata Tyburska-Pueschel joined the group as a postdoctoral associate. Sam Briggs joined as a PhD student.
Kevin Field completed a research fellowship at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) through the East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute (EAPSI) supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Australian Academy of Sciences (AAS). The eight week program supported research within Australia in order to develop international collaborations between US research institutions and Australian counterparts and provide international research experience to US graduate students. Research activities included the use of a JEOL JEM-2200FS transmission electron microscope to observe radiation damage, microchemistry inhomogeneities, and precipitate evolution in an ion irradiated 9 wt. % Cr model ferritic-martensitic steel. Techniques including weak beam dark field (WBDF) microscopy, energy filtered transmission electron microscopy (EFTEM), and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) were utilized to understand F/M steels' radiation response for advanced nuclear reactor designs. Outcomes from the program include data which will appear in peer reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings, new collaboration opportunities, and international research experience and networking.