TitleGroup Leader, Pu S&T Science
Brandon Chung is a Group Leader for the Plutonium Science and Technology Group in the Materials Science Division. Concurrently, he is an Associate Program Leader (APL) for Tritium Operations in Nuclear Materials Programs. He also served as an APL for Metallurgy and Analytical Chemistry Operations. He specializes in the metallurgy and analytical chemistry of nuclear materials and tritium operations. In his current role, he is responsible for group performance and technical direction, strategic planning, technical road-mapping, and setting the R&D direction in materials science of nuclear materials. In addition to nuclear materials, he has worked on solid-state ionics and electrochemistry of ceramic ion conductors and development of electrochemical gas sensors. He earned his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering in 1996 from the University of California at Los Angeles. From 1996 to 1999, he was at AlliedSignal Aerospace in both technical and project engineering roles on fuel cell development and oxygen generator projects for Mars In-Situ Resource Utilization programs. He joined LLNL in July of 1999, at which time he worked on the solid oxide fuel cell, hydrogen electrolyzer and electrochemical gas sensor projects. Since 2001, he has worked on physical and electronic properties of actinides.
Plutonium and Tritium Science, Nuclear Forensics, Solid State Chemistry and Electrochemistry, Correlated Electron Materials, Photoemission Spectroscopy and Surface Science, Fuel Cell, Electrochemical Gas Sensor, Solid State Ionics