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A. C. (Paul) Raptis

A. C. (Paul) RaptisA. C. (Paul) Raptis

Department Manager
Detection & Diagnostic Systems Department
Nuclear Engineering Division

Argonne Experts: P. Raptis

A. C. (Paul) Raptis is a senior electrical engineer at Argonne National Laboratory with 35 years of experience in teaching and in research and development. His areas of expertise include sensors, instrumentation and controls, nondestructive evaluation, data processing, electromagnetics, plasmas, optics, acoustics and geophysical exploration. He has an extensive background in developing new programs and is presently the department manager for Detection & Diagnostic Systems in the Nuclear Engineering Division. He has been a member of Argonne and National Laboratories Committees on Global Warming, Space Exploration, Effluent Research (LAGER), AMTEX (textile industry). Dr. Raptis also served on national committees on instrumentation sensor needs and multiphase flow. At Argonne he initiated and helped develop Argonne's I&NDE (instrumentation and NDE) programs for nuclear and fossil energy, conservation and arms controls. These technologies include optics, microwaves/millimeter waves, acoustics, and neutron diffraction. He is responsible for work on national security for remote detection of chemical, biological, nuclear agents and explosives. In addition, he has been a strong participant in collaborative work with the University of Chicago in the development of the Bioengineering initiative. He has worked with U.S. industries such as automotive, chemical, textiles, glass, steel, etc. on the technology transfer initiative from DOE.

Dr. Raptis has worked as a research engineer for Cuf Research and Development Company and joined Argonne in 1974. During his tenure at Argonne he has also been Adjunct Professor at the Electrical Engineering Department, University of Illinois at Chicago, and currently on the advisory board for the Electrical Engineering Departments of the Universities of Akron and Miami of Ohio. He is the author of more than 250 publications and holder of 17 patents, as well as a recipient of the 1994, 1996, and 2006 R&D 100 award, and 1994 ASNT best paper award.

In the Press

  • 2011 R&D 100 Awards: Photoacoustic Spectroscopy (PAS) System for Remote Detection of Explosives and Chemicals (Safety and Security)
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Recent Patents


  • R&D 100 Award, “Photoacoustic Spectroscopy (PAS) System for Remote Detection of Explosives and Chemicals,” 2011 — Details
  • R&D 100 Award, “Passive millimeter-wave spectroscopy (PmmWS),” 2006 — Details
  • R&D 100 Award, “Millimeter wave sensor for fabric defect detection,” 1996
  • R&D 100 Award, “Online acoustic viscosity meter,” 1994

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Detection & Diagnostic Systems Department

The Sensors, Detectors & Diagnostics Department conducts research and development related to instruments and non-destructive evaluation (NDE) techniques for characterization of materials and determination of system parameters related to different energy systems (including fossil, transportation, and nuclear). The Department also develops sensors and technologies for non-energy-producing applications such as homeland security and biomedical engineering...
Detection & Diagnostic Systems Department

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Detection & Diagnostic Systems Dept.
Dept. Manager (Acting): Dr. Thomas F. Ewing
Fax:  +1 630-252-4780

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