Faculty Profile

James F Stubbins

Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering
James F Stubbins
James F Stubbins
Willett Professor and Department Head
  • Department Office
  • Undergraduate Advising
216 Talbot Laboratory MC 234
104 S. Wright Street
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 333-2295


  • Department Office
  • Non-Research Staff
  • Department Office
  • Undergraduate Advising

Primary Research Area

  • Nuclear Power


  • Ph.D., Materials Science, University of Cincinnati, 1975
  • M.S., Nuclear Engineering, University of Cincinnati, 1972
  • B.S., Nuclear Engineering, University of Michigan, 1970

Academic Positions

  • Donald Biggar Willett Professorship - January 2013 - December 2017
  • Department Head ￿ January 1999 ￿ present
  • Adjunct Professor, Chemical Engineering, The Ohio University, 1991 - 1998
  • Associate Head - November, 1991 ￿ December 1998
  • Professor - Fall 1991 - present
  • Faculty Appointee, Division of Educational Programs, Argonne National Laboratory, 1989 - 2000
  • Faculty Appointee, Northwest College and University Association for Science (NORCUS), Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratory, Richland, WA, June 1987-2000
  • Associate Professor - Fall 1985 - Summer 1991

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Major Consulting Activities

  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • The Ohio State University
  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • International Atomic Energy Agency
  • Battelle's Pacific Northwest Laboratory
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Department of Energy

Professional Registrations

  • Professional Engineer, State of Illinois (062-040835)

Research Interests

  • Advanced Energy Systems and Energy Policy
  • Nuclear materials, irradiation damage and effects, mechanical properties, high temperature corrosion, and electron microscopy.
  • Nuclear systems design and analysis.
  • Development, analysis and application of materials, primarily for energy-related applications.

Research Areas

  • Fuel performance modeling
  • Ion bombardment
  • LWR fuel
  • Materials Science
  • MD and kMC
  • Neutron and X-ray scattering
  • Nuclear Power
  • Structural LWR components

Chapters in Books

  • Rawlins, C.B., J. Tanaka, D.J. Barta, C.A. Harper, J.F. Stubbins, D.E. Lyon. "Properties of Materials," Standard Handbook for Electrical Engineers, D.G. Fink, H.W. Beatty, Eds. Fourteenth Edition, McGraw-Hill, (1999).
  • *Shong, W-J., J.F. Stubbins, J.G. Williams, JW. Rogers,and M. Giacobbe, "Neutron dosimetry and mechanical properties changes monitoring by magnetic response of Fe and Ni wires," Reactor Dosimetry, Eighth Symposium, ASTM STP 1228, H. Farrar IV, E.P. Lippincott, and J.G. Williams, Eds. ASTM, 1228, 215-224 (1994).
  • *Stubbins, J.F., W.-J., Shong, M. Giacobbe, A.M. Ougouag, and J.G. Williams, "Pressure vessel steel embrittlement monitoring by magnetic properties measurements," Small Specimen Test Techniques Applied to Nuclear Reactor Vessel Thermal Annealing and Plant Life Extension, ASTM STP 1204, W.R. Corwin, F.M. Haggag, and W.L. Server, Eds., American Society for Testing and Materials, Philadelphia, 5-15, (1993).
  • *Hour, K-Y., and J.F. Stubbins, "Effect of mean loading on creep and fatigue crack growth at elevated temperature," 24th National Symposium on Fracture Mechanics, ASTM-Special Technical Publication 1207 (1993).
  • *Ougouag, A.M., M.B. Danjaji, J.G. Williams, J.F. Stubbins, and M. A. Ghaly, "Defect production efficiency in neutron-irradiated iron," Effects of Radiation on Materials: 15th International Symposium, ASTM STP 1125, R. E. Stoller, A. S. Kumar, and D. S. Gelles, Eds., American Society for Testing and Materials, Philadelphia, 420-433, (1992).
  • *Anderson, K.R., F.A. Garner, and J.F. Stubbins, "Mechanical property changes and microstructures of dispersion-strengthened copper alloys after neutron irradiation at 411, 414 and 529￿ C," 15th Int'l. Symp. on the Effects of Radiation on Materials, R. Stoller, A. Kumar and D. Gelles, Eds., ASTM STP (1992).
  • *Anderson, K.R., F.A. Garner, and J.F. Stubbins, "Unusual tensile and fracture behavior of pure copper at high levels of neutron-induced swelling," 15th Int'l. Symp. on the Effects of Radiation on Materials, R. Stoller, A. Kumar and D. Gelles, Eds., ASTM STP (1992).
  • *Hour, K-Y, and J.F. Stubbins, "Crack growth behavior in three heat resistant materials at elevated temperature," Fracture Mechanics; 22nd Symp. , H. A. Ernst, A. Saxena, and D. L. McDowell, Eds., ASTM STP, 1131 Vol. 1, 318-341 (1992).
  • *Stubbins, J.F., J.E. Nevling, F.A. Garner, and R.L. Simons, "Microstructural evolution of neutron-irradiated Fe-Cu-Ni alloys at 495o C in response to charges in He/DPA ratio," Effects of Irradiation on Materials, ASTM STP, 104 Vol. 1, 147-159 (1990).
  • *Stubbins, J.F., A.M. Ougouag, and J.G. Williams, "The effects of mechanical stress gradients on irradiation induced embrittlement of pressure vessel steels," ASTM STP, 1046 Vol. 2, 305-322 (1990).
  • *Stubbins, J.F. "Phase stability in Fe-15Ni-XCr alloys under ion or electron irradiation,￿ Effects of Radiation on Materials, ASTM-STP, 956, 758-774 (1987).
  • *Holloway, J.P. and J.F. Stubbins, "Phase stability in irradiated alloys by constrained equilibrium thermodynamics" in Effects of Radiation on Materials, Twelfth Int. Symp., ed. F. A. Garner and J. S. Perrin, ASTM-Special Tech. Publ. 870, 167-183 (1985).

Selected Articles in Journals

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Stubbins, J.F., Bolind, A.M. and Chen, X., ￿The electrical impedance response of steel surface oxide layers in molten lead￿bismuth eutectic,￿ Spallation Materials Technology, Proceedings of the Eighth International Workshop on Spallation Materials Technology, (2008)
  • Srivilliputhur, S.G., Deo, C.S., Okuniewski, M., Baskes, M.I., James, M.R., Maloy, S.A., and Stubbins, J.F., ￿Multiscale Modeling of Radiation Damage in Reactor Materials,￿ American Nuclear Society Winter Meeting, Washington, D.C., (2005).
  • Deo, C., Blas, P., Uberuaga, B.P., Srivilliputhur, S.G., Maloy, S.A., Patten, T., and Stubbins, J.F., ￿Multiscale Simulations of Defects in Hyperstoichiometric Uranium Di-Oxide,￿ MMSNF-4, American Nuclear Society Winter Meeting, Washington, D.C., (2005).
  • Wu, X., Pan, X., Li, M., Stubbins, J.F., ￿Flow Localization Modeling for Face-Centered Cubic (FCC) Metals After Exposure to Radiation,￿ American Nuclear Society, American Nuclear Society Winter Meeting, Washington, D.C., (Nov. 2004)
  • Wu, X., Pan, X., Li, M., Stubbins, J.F., ￿Flow Localization Processes in Austenitic Alloys,￿ 22 International Symposium on the Effects of Radiation on Materials, Boston, MA (Jun. 2004)
  • Li, M. and Stubbins, J.F., ￿Creep-Fatigue Behavior in High Strength Copper Alloys,￿ Proceedings of the 22nd International Symposium on the Effects of Radiation on Materials, Boston, MA (Jun 2004).
  • Li, Meimei and Stubbins, James F., ￿Fatigue Response and Life Prediction of Selected Reactor Materials,￿ Effects of Radiation on Materials: 21st International Symposium, Tucson, AZ (2002)


  • Zuo, J-M, Celik-Aktas, A., Stubbins, J. F. and Maclaren, S., "Machining Nanometer-Sized Tips from Multi-Walled Nanotubes" [Utility Patent Application], # WO2007005731, Jan. 2007.


  • Bolind, A., Chen, X. and J. F. Stubbins, "Real Time Corrosion Monitoring in Lead and Lead-Bismuth Systems, (Final Report)", Department of Energy, Washington, DC., DOE/ID/14667, 35p (Feb 2010).

Professional Societies

  • American Society of Engineering Education - Member, 1999 - present
  • Nuclear Engineering Department Heads Organization (NEDHO) - Member 1999 - present
  • ANS - Chair, Honors and Awards, Materials Science and Technology Division, 1998 - present
  • ANS - Executive Committee, Materials Science and Technology Division 1996- present
  • American Nuclear Society (ANS) - Fellow, 2007 - present
  • American Nuclear Society - Member 1987 - present

Service on College Committees

  • COE Executive Committee, 1989-1991

Service on Campus Committees

  • Radiation Hazards Committee 1985-2005, Chair 1987-2005

Service to Federal and State Government

  • DOE-NE University Working Group, 1999-2004

Other Outside Service

  • Nuclear Energy Department Head￿s Organization (NEDHO), Vice Chair 2001-2002


  • Donald Biggar Willett Professor (2013)
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, Materials Science and Technology Division (2012)
  • Media Relations Award - Award for Communications & Marketing Excellence 2011 (2011)
  • Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising (2011)
  • Glenn Murphy Award (2010)
  • Fellow (2007)
  • International Scientist of the Year (2004)
  • American Men and Women of Science (1994)
  • Who's Who in Technology Today (1985)
  • Alpha Sigma Mu (1984)
  • Tau Beta Pi - Eminent Engineer (1984)
  • Alpha Nu Sigma (1983)