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Dr. Krishnamurti (Ken) Natesan

Dr. Krishnamurti (Ken) NatesanDr. Krishnamurti (Ken) Natesan

Senior Metallurgist

Section Manager,
Corrosion and Mechanics of Materials Section

Distinguished Fellow

Nuclear Engineering Division

Dr. Natesan is the Manager of the Corrosion and Mechanics of Materials Section in Nuclear Engineering Division and has been a principal investigator at Argonne National Laboratory in corrosion and mechanical property areas and has developed extensive research, development, and design information.

He has devoted his entire career in investigating the performance of metals, ceramics, composites, and coatings in the hostile environments of various energy systems. These systems include advanced sodium-cooled fast breeder nuclear reactors, coal-fired combustion and gasification, open-cycle magnetohydrodynamics systems, and Tokomac fusion reactor. Natesan, in both his theoretical and experimental studies, has correlated fundamental mechanistic behavior of materials to predict long-term performance of materials and components in practical applications.


He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Metallurgy and Materials Science from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.

Professional Societies:

He is a member of the American Institute of Metallurgical Engineers, National Association of Corrosion Engineers, ASM International, and American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has been a technical reviewer for the Corrosion Journal, J. Electrochemical Society, J. Nuclear Materials and serves on the editorial board of Journal of Materials Engineering. He is a FELLOW of NACE and ASM International.

Publications and Patents:

He has published over 350 technical articles and edited 3 books and was awarded 4 patents.

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Corrosion and Mechanics of Materials

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Corrosion and Mechanics of Materials Section

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Dr. Ken Natesan is one of the Experts working for the Engineering Development & Applications Department

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