Dr. Jacob W. McMurray – Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN, USA

Dr. Jacob W. McMurray

Thermodynamic modeling and fuel kernel fabrication work-package manager 

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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN; Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education Fellow
PhD Energy Science and Engineering, Dec. 2014

Dissertation: Thermodynamic Modeling of Uranium and Oxygen Containing Ternary Systems with Gadolinium, Lanthanum, and Thorium
GPA 3.86/4.00    

e University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
BS Chemical Engineering, May 2001
GPA: 3.48/4.00

Emory and Henry College, Emory, VA
Fall 1996-Spring 1997

Relevant Experience

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN

Thermodynamic modeling and fuel kernel fabrication work-package manager for DOE Office of Nuclear Energy Fuel Cycle Research and Development program and Nuclear Energy Advanced Reactor Concept Cooperative Agreement

  • Process design
  • Principal investigator for UN and UO2-UC2 microsphere kernel fabrication for Fully Ceramic Microencapsulated Accident Tolerant Fuel
  • Principal investigator of thermochemical modeling and experimental measurements of benchmark UO2 systems with fission products
  • Principal investigator of synthesis routes for high density nuclear reactor fuels
  • Advanced FactSage® computational thermodynamic software user
  • Expert in CALPHAD thermodynamic modeling, assessments, and computation
  • Experience performing thermochemical analyses of Chemical Vapor Deposition processes
  • Expertise in thermochemical experimental techniques such as thermogravimetry (TG), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA), Mass Spectrometry (MS), Knudsen Effusion, and Transpiration
  • Experience with oxide fuel fabrication (pressing, sintering, SPEX milling, etc.)


Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, Combined experimental and computational thermodynamics; Graduate research assistant, Aug. 2011-Dec. 2014

  • Experiment design
  • Coupled TG with Knudsen Effusion, MS, Transpiration, DSC, and DTA
  • Experimental measurement interpretation, e.g. XRD, DSC, etc.
  • FactSage® computational thermodynamic software
  • CALPHAD thermodynamic modeling, assessments, and computation
  • Error analysis
  • Conference presentations
  • Programming (FORTRAN, Python, C+, Mathcad, Matlab, etc.)

Blue Ocean Water Technologies, Inc., Rock Hill, SC

Engineering Consultant, June 2010-Aug. 2011

Scott County Public Schools, Gate City, VA
Chemistry and Spanish Teacher, Aug. 2005-Aug. 2011
AgWater Technologies, Harrisonburg, VA
Sales, Water Purification and Engineering, Jan. 2002-May 2002          

CTR Inc. of Charlotte, Rock Hill, SC
Engineering Intern, May 2000-Aug. 2000

Energy Research Undergraduate Laboratory Fellowship
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN
Research Intern, Jan. 2000-May 2000

Other Experience


  • Proficient Spanish Speaker, Court Interpreter Aug. 2004-Aug 2005
  • Lab Analyst June 1998-Aug. 1998
  • Eastman Chemical Company, Kingsport, TN
  • Chemistry, Physics, and Math Tutor Sept. 1999-May 2001
  • J.J. Jones Consulting, Oxford, MS; Cotton Tutoring, Oxford, MS


  • Oak Ridge Chapter of ASM executive committee
  • ANS member
  • TMS member
  • TMS Henry DeWitt Smith Memorial Fellow
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology Foundation for Applied Thermodynamics Fellow
  • John G. Adler Engineering Fellow
  • FE Certified
  • Americorp Volunteer
  • The Ole Miss Chapter American Institute of Chemical Engineers President 1999-2000; Vice President 1998-1999
  • Pi Mu Epsilon National Honorary Mathematics Society
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • Recipient of the Freshman Mathematics Award
  • Cum Laude Graduation Honor




  • Murray, Hu, Ushakov, Shin, Pint, Terrani, Navrotsky (2017) Solid-Liquid phase equilibria of Fe-Cr-Al alloys and spinels, Journal of Nuclear Materials, (492), 128-133
  • McMurray, Lindemer, Brown, Reif, Morris, Hunn (2017)  Determining the minimum required uranium carbide content for HTGR UCO fuel kernels, Annals of Nuclear Energy, (104), 237-242
  • McMurray, Zhou, Luo, Qu (2017) Vaporization behavior of tetraoctylphosphonium bis(2-ethylhexyl) phosphate ionic liquid, Chemical Physics Letters, (667), 55-61.
  • McMurray, J. W. (2016), Characterization of urania vaporization with transpiration coupled thermogravimetry, Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics, (95), 72-76.
  • McMurray, J. W., Voit, S. L., & Besmann, T. M. (2016), A combined experimental and computational thermodynamic investigation of the U-Th-O system, Journal of Nuclear Materials, 1-13.
  • McMurray J. W. & Silva, C. M. (2016), Experimental oxygen potentials for U1-yPryO2±x and thermodynamic assessment of the U-Pr-O system, Journal of Nuclear Materials, (470), 111-118.
  • McMurray, J. W., Hirooka, S., Murakami, T., Suzuki, K., White, J. T., Voit, S. L., Nelson, A. T., Slone, B. W., Besmann, T. M., McClellan, K. J., Kato, M., Thermodynamic assessmen tof the oxygen rich U–Ce–O system, Journal of Nuclear Materials, 467, 588-600
  • McMurray, J. W. (2015), Thermodynamic assessment of the Pr-O system, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 1-8.
  • Brese, R. G., McMurray, J. W., Shin D. & Besmann, T.M. (2015), Thermodynamic assessment of the U–Y–O system. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 460, 5-12 
  • McMurray, J. W., Shin, D. & Besmann, T. M. (2015). Thermodynamic assessment of U–La–O system. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 456, 142-150
  • McMurray, J. W., Shin, D., Slone, B. W., & Besmann, T. M. (2014), Thermodynamic reassessment of U–Gd–O system. Journal of Nuclear Materials, 452(1–3), 397-406
  • McMurray, J. W., Shin, D., Slone, B. W., & Besmann, T. M. (2013), Thermochemical modeling of the U1−yGdyO2±x phase. Journal of Nuclear Materials,443(1–3), 588-595