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Bo Feng

Group Manager, Reactor & Fuel Cycle Analysis


Bo Feng manages the Reactor and Fuel Cycle Analysis group within the Nuclear Science and Engineering Division and serves as the National Technical Director for DOE-NE’s Fast Reactor R&D Program, a role that oversees a multi-laboratory R&D portfolio that includes fast reactor technology development and testing, methods validation and database development, and advanced material qualification activities. Throughout his career, his research has focused primarily on reactor physics analysis, advanced reactor core design, radiation transport, and fuel cycle systems modeling. Bo has received several laboratory and national level awards for his research including Secretary of Energy’s Honor Award (2020), Argonne Director’s Award (2016), DOE’s Fuel Cycle R&D Excellence Award (2014), and ANS Thermal Hydraulic Division’s Best Paper Award (2009). 


  • Ph.D. Nuclear Science and Engineering, MIT, 2011
  • S.M. Nuclear Science and Engineering, MIT, 2008
  • S.B. Nuclear Science and Engineering, MIT, 2008

Selected Journal Publications

  1. R. Ponciroli, N.E. Stauff, Z. Mei, P.C. Shriwise, L.M. Brockmeyer, Y. Cao, B. Feng, and P.K. Romano, ​“Integration of a Wigner Effect-based Energy Storage System with an Advanced Nuclear Reactor,” Nuclear Engineering and Design385 (2021).
  1. Scott Richards and Bo Feng, ​“Application of Sensitivity Analysis in DYMOND/Dakota to Fuel Cycle Transition Scenarios,” submitted to EPJN Nuclear Sciences and Technologies (2021).
  1. Brent Dixon, Ed Hoffman, Bo Feng, Andrew Worrall, Eva Davidson, Ross Hays, Ben Betzler, Tingzhou Fei, Francesco Ganda, Jason Hansen, Hikaru Hiruta, T.K. Kim, Joshua Peterson-Droogh, and Temitope Taiwo, ​“Reassessing Methods to Close the Nuclear Fuel Cycle” Annals of Nuclear Energy147 (2020).
  1. T. Fei, B. Feng, and F. Heidet, ​“Molten Salt Reactor Core Simulation with PROTEUS,” Annals of Nuclear Energy, 140 (2020).
  1. B. Betzler, F. Heidet, B. Feng, C. Rabiti, T. Sofu, and N. Brown, ​“Modeling and Simulation Functional Needs for Molten Salt Reactor Licensing,” Nuclear Engineering and Design, 355 (2019).
  1. Brown, N.R., B.W. Carlsen, B.W. Dixon, B. Feng, H.R. Greenberg, R.D. Hays, S. Passerini, M. Todosow, and A. Worrall, ​“Identification of Fuel Cycle Simulator Functionalities,” Annals of Nuclear Energy96, 88-95 (2016).
  1. Feng, B., B. Dixon, E. Sunny, A. Cuadra, J. Jacobson, N. Brown, J. Powers, A. Worrall, S. Passerini, and R. Gregg, ​“Standardized Verification of Fuel Cycle Modeling,” Annals of Nuclear Energy94, 300-312 (2016).
  1. Brown, N.R., J.J. Powers, B. Feng, G. Zhang, F. Heidet, N.E. Stauff, M. Todosow, A. Worrall, J.C. Gehin, T.K. Kim, T.A. Taiwo, ​“Sustainable Thorium Nuclear Fuel Cycles: A Comparison of Intermediate and Fast Neutron Spectrum Systems,” Nuclear Engineering and Design289, 252-265 (2015).
  1. Feng, B., A. Karahan, and M.S. Kazimi, ​“Steady-State Fuel Behavior Modeling of Nitride Fuels in FRAPCON-EP,” Journal of Nuclear Materials427, 30-38 (2012).
  1. Feng, B., E. Shwageraus, B. Forget, and M.S. Kazimi, ​“Light Water Breeding with Nitride Fuel,” Progress in Nuclear Energy53, issue 7, 862-866 (2011).

Selected Conference Publications

  1. T. Hua, M. Stempniewicz, T. Fei, F. Roelofs, B. Feng, and R. Hu, ​“Benchmarking MSRE Transient Tests Using SPECTRA and SAM,” Submitted to 19th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics (NURETH-19), Brussels, Belgium (2022).
  1. Jun Fang, Bo Feng, and Dillon R. Shaver, ​“CFD Simulations of Molten Salt Fast Reactor Core Flow,” Submitted to 19th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics (NURETH-19), Brussels, Belgium (2022).
  1. B. Feng, T. Fei, D. Shaver, Y. Jung, J. Fang, R. Rahaman, C. Lee, M. Smith, and E. Shemon, ​“Multiphysics Modeling of Precursors in Molten Salt Fast Reactors using PROTEUS and Nek5000,” PHYSOR 2020, Cambridge, UK, March 29 – April 2 (2020).
  1. T. Fei, T. Hua, B. Feng, F. Heidet, and R. Hu, ​“MSRE Transient Benchmarks using SAM,” PHYSOR 2020, Cambridge, UK, March 29 – April 2 (2020).
  1. E. Hoffman, B. Feng, B. Betzler, E. Davidson, and A. Worrall, ​“Technology Characteristics of Transitions to Solid-Fueled and Molten-Salt Fast Reactor Fleets,” GLOBAL 2019, Seattle, WA, September 22-26 (2019).
  1. B. Feng, F. Heidet, E. Hoffman, T.K. Kim, and T. Taiwo, ​“Core and Fuel Cycle Performance of a Molten Salt Fast Reactor,” ICAPP 2019, Juan les Pins, France, May 12-15 (2019).
  1. Feng, B., F. Heidet, E. Hoffman, and T.K. Kim, ​“Core Design and Simulation of a Fast Spectrum Chloride Molten Salt Reactor,” 15IEMPT, Manchester, UK, September 30 – October 3 (2018).
  1. Taiwo, T., B. Feng, E. Hoffman, T.K. Kim, and B. Dixon, ​“Lessons Learned from Recent Nuclear Fuel Cycle Scenario Studies,” 15IEMPT, Manchester, UK, September 30 – October 3 (2018).
  1. Edward A. Hoffman, Bo Feng, Ben Betzler, Eva Davidson, and Andy Worrall, ​“Impact of Technology Characteristics on Transition to a Fast Reactor Fleet,” 15IEMPT, Manchester, UK, September 30 – October 3 (2018).
  1. Fei, T., B. Feng, E.A. Hoffman, T. Kim and T. Taiwo, ​“Evaluation of a Closed Fuel Cycle Using Fast and Thermal Reactors,” 2017 GLOBAL International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Conference, Seoul, South Korea, September 24-29 (2017).
  1. Feng, B., T. Fei, E. Hoffman, T. Kim and T. Taiwo, ​“Transition to a Fast and Thermal Recycle Fuel Cycle with LEU Startup,” 2017 GLOBAL International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Conference, Seoul, South Korea, September 24-29 (2017).
  1. R. Eschbach, B. Feng, B. Vezzoni, F. Gabrielli, F. Alvarez-Velarde, V. Légere, F. Rocchi, G. Edwards, B. Dixon, Y. Pénéliau, R. Girieud, S. Häkkinen, T. Viitanen, A. Rätyi, E. M. Malambu, and S. Cornet, ​“Verification of Dose Rate Calculations for PWR Spent Fuel Assemblies,” 2017 GLOBAL International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Conference, Seoul, South Korea, September 24-29 (2017).
  1. Heidet, Florent, Bo Feng, T.K. Kim, and Temitope Taiwo, ​“Transmutation Scoping Studies for a Chloride Molten Salt Reactor,” 14IEMPT, San Diego, CA, October 17-21 (2016).
  1. E. Hoffman, B. Carlsen, B. Feng, A. Worrall, B. Dixon, R. Hays, N. Stauff, and E. Sunny, ​“Analysis of Transition to Fast Reactor U/Pu Continuous Recycle,” 14IEMPT, San Diego, CA, October 17-21 (2016).
  1. Hoffman, E., N. Brown, B. Carlsen, B. Feng, R. Hays, G. Raitses, N. Stauff, E. Sunny, and A. Worrall, ​“Expanded Analysis of Transition to an Alternative Fuel Cycle,” ICAPP 2016, San Francisco, CA, April (2016).
  1. Passerini, S., B. Feng, T. Fei, N. Brown, A. Cuadra, T.K. Kim, and T.A. Taiwo, ​“Analysis of Transition to Fuel Cycle Systems with Continuous Recycling in Fast and Thermal Reactors,” GLOBAL 2015, Paris, France, September (2015).
  1. Ganda, F., N.R. Brown, B. Feng, H. Hiruta, T.K. Kim, G. Raitses, T.A. Taiwo, M. Todosow, R. Wigeland, G.J. Youinou, and G. Zhang, ​“Systems using Water-Cooled Reactor Technology to Achieve Fast Reactor Performance,” ICAPP 2015, Nice, France, May (2015).
  1. Taiwo, T., T.K. Kim, B. Feng, N. Stauff, E. Hoffman, F. Ganda, M. Todosow, N. Brown, G. Raitses, J. Gehin, J. Powers, H. Hiruta, and R. Wigeland, ​“Tradeoffs in Fuel Cycle Performance for Most Promising Options,” ICAPP 2015, Nice, France, May (2015).
  1. Feng, B., R.N. Hill, R. Girieud, and R. Eschbach, ​“Comparison of Gamma Dose Rate Calculations for PWR Spent Fuel Assemblies,” PHYSOR 2014, Kyoto, Japan, September (2014).
  1. Feng, B., M.A. Smith, C.H. Lee, and T.K. Kim, ​“Verification of ANL Physics Code Suite for Small Fast Reactor Applications,” ICAPP 2013, Jeju Island, Korea, April (2013).
  1. Feng, B. and F. Ganda, ​“Reducing the Void Coefficient of Reactivity in High Conversion Water Reactors,” ICAPP 2013, Jeju Island, Korea, April (2013).
  1. Feng, B., T.K. Kim, and T.A. Taiwo, ​“Assessment of Transition Fuel Cycle Performance with and without a Modified Open Cycle Option,” ICAPP 2012, Chicago, IL, June (2012).
  1. Feng, B., A. Karahan, and M.S. Kazimi, ​“Steady-State Nitride Fuel Behavior Modeling with FRAPCON-EP and its Application to PWRs,” ICAPP 2011, Nice, France, May (2011).
  1. Karahan, A., B. Feng, and M.S. Kazimi, ​“Analysis of Steady state behavior of the Mixed Oxide Fuel in Reduced Moderation Boiling Water Reactor Condition with FRAPCON-EP,” ICAPP 2011, Nice, France, May (2011).
  1. Jaeger W., V. H. Sánchez Espinoza, Bo Feng, ​“Analysis of an XADS Target with the System Code TRACE,” IYNC 2008, Paper No. 185, Interlaken, Switzerland, September (2008).Image removed.