John Hirtz has previously received a B.S in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is now persuing a PhD in the same field. John’s research has been previously funded by the Chicago DOE Alliance Center and the NEUP/UNLP Fellowship Program.
John’s research investigates the structural changes of spinel oxides in extreme conditions. His focus is on creating sample environments at extreme pressure and high temperature with the ability to perform in situ characterization. These measurements are performed at multiple beamlines at Argonne National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He has previously worked on the irradiation response of implanted Helium bubbles in metal matrices and other general high pressure work.