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New nepheline paper published in American Mineralogist

José Marcial just published a paper on his research on aluminosilicate crystallization from glass.

J. Marcial, J. Crum, O. Neill, and J. McCloy, “Nepheline structural and chemical dependence on melt composition,” American Mineralogist, 101(2), 266-276 (2016).

McCloy now affiliated as Visiting Scientist at University of Sheffield

Prof. McCloy was recently affiliated with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, headed by Prof. Neil Hyatt ( as a Visiting Scientist of Nuclear Materials.  McCloy and  Hyatt will use this affiliation to strengthen ties between the work in the US and the UK on nuclear waste management.  In particular, they will be working together on a new project for glass-ceramic wasteforms, described in a previous post (


Weaver attends short course on XAFS

Jamie Weaver attended the “Advanced Topics in XAFS Data Analysis and Modeling” at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, November 5-7, 2015 (  This short course and interactive workshop was a chance for students and scientists to interact with experts in X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (XAFS) to share their knowledge on data analysis methods.  Here Jamie is with the workshop crew.

XAFS Photo 2015

New magnetics papers published

The group recently had 2 papers published on work by Yue Cao and Ke Xu.  Congratulations!


  • Y. Cao, K. Xu, W. Jiang, T. Droubay, P. Ramuhalli, D. Edwards, B. Johnson, J. McCloy, “Hysteresis in single and polycrystalline iron thin films: major and minor loops, first order reversal curves, and Preisach modeling,” Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 395, 361-375 (2015).
  • Y. Li, K. Xu, S. Hu, J. Suter, D. Schreiber, P. Ramuhalli, B. Johnson, J. McCloy, “Computational and Experimental Investigations of Magnetic Domain Structures in Patterned Magnetic Thin Films,” Journal of Physics D, 48 305001 (2015).


Congratulations Jamie!

Jamie Weaver has passed all her prelim exams!  Great job.  She also recently gave a talk “Alkali technetium (VII) oxides as model compounds for Tc-99 incorporation in glass” on at the American Chemical Society fall meeting in Boston.

WSU receives new award from DOE Nuclear Energy University Program

We just won a new project for studying glass-ceramic waste forms for proposed nuclear fuel reprocessing.  We will team with Rutgers University and a UK consortium including University of Sheffield and Warwick University, as well as Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  A link below is provided for the announcement.

Understanding influence of thermal history and glass chemistry on kinetics of phase separation and crystallization in borosilicate glass-ceramic waste forms for aqueous reprocessed high level waste


José Marcial and materials art

José Marcial has won 2nd place in the Artistic Category for the Materials Research Society, WSU Chapter, micrograph contest for “dendritic nepheline in high-level nuclear waste glass.”