Savannah River National Laboratory researcher Robert Sindelar has begun a two-month assignment in Japan as a U.S. Embassy Science Fellow.
He will be hosted by the Japan Ministry of Environment as part of the Japan-U.S. cooperation framework for decontamination efforts in the Fukushima region. He will provide technical expertise and suggestions based on U.S. experience and collective SRS and SRNL expertise, and will interact with other scientists working in the field.
He has previously participated in a National Laboratory expert team workshop with Japanese organizations to discuss high-priority tasks for cleanup of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, delivering presentations on relevant experience in water decontamination, corrosion control and leak repair technologies.
Sindelar has 28 years of research and development experience in nuclear science and is internationally recognized for his work in spent nuclear fuel management, water decontamination, aging effects and aging management of structures, and materials in nuclear systems.
The Embassy Science Fellows program offers U.S. embassies an opportunity to play host to a working scientist for a one- to three-month stay. The program was started in 2001 as a State Department and National Science Foundation partnership.