Researchers

Adam Burak

Assistant Research Scientist
Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences
ajburak@umich.edu
(734) 764-4260

Education:

University of Utah
PhD ’19, Metallurgical Engineering
BS ’12, Metallurgical Engineering

Research Interests:

Dr. Adam Burak’s main research interests are electrochemistry, molten salt chemistry, high-temperature advanced reactor systems, spent nuclear fuel reprocessing, and reactor thermal hydraulics. Dr. Burak earned his PhD in Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Utah studying uranium oxide reduction in molten lithium chloride-lithium oxide salt. Specifically, he studied the entrainment of lithium oxide in the reduced uranium product as a function of process parameters, and chloride salt chemistry.

Since completing his PhD, Dr. Burak has been working with Dr. Xiaodong Sun’s group in the Thermal Hydraulics Laboratory at the University of Michigan on research related to advanced nuclear reactors, including molten salt reactors and high-temperature gas-cooled reactors. He has developed several experimental systems for investigating molten salt and high-temperature gas-cooled reactor technologies, advanced instrumentation for molten salts, and has over a decade of experience troubleshooting complex electronics/mechanical systems. Dr. Burak’s greatest strength lies in bringing advanced technologies from concept to reality by designing, constructing, testing, and optimizing experimental systems.

Professional Experience:

04/20–Present Assistant Research Scientist, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, University of Michigan
04/19–04/20    Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, University of Michigan
05/13–08/14    Software Engineer, Utah Yamas Controls
05/11–08/11    Intern, Technology and Innovation, Rio Tinto
12/04–12/08    Amphibious Assault Vehicle Mechanic, United States Marine Corps

Qingqing Liu

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences
qingqliu@umich.edu
(734) 764-4260

Education:

University of Michigan
PhD ’20, Nuclear Engineering

Shanghai Jiao Tong University
MS ’15, Mechanical Engineering

University of Shanghai for Science and Technology
BS ’12, Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests:

Post-CHF heat transfer experiments and modeling.

Professional Experience:

2020–Present Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, University of Michigan

Sheng Zhang

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences
shengzh@umich.edu
(734) 764-4260

Education:

University of Michigan
PhD ’21, Nuclear Engineering

Shanghai Jiao Tong University
MS ’14

North China Electric Power University
BS ’11

Research Interests:

Nuclear reactor thermal hydraulics and reactor safety, thermal hydraulics in advanced non-LWRs, and experimentation, modeling and simulation of non-LWRs.

01/21–Present Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, University of Michigan