Dr. Peter A. Kozak received his B.S. degree in aerospace engineering with a minor in mathematics from the University of Arizona in 2011 and his Ph.D. in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2016. He first came to Argonne National Laboratory as a post-doctoral appointee in 2016 and is currently a chemical engineer in the Process Simulation and Safeguards research group in the Chemical & Fuel Cycle Technologies Division. Dr. Kozak’s research areas of interest include additive manufacturing/3D printing applications for nuclear/chemical engineering and medical radioisotope development. Since his arrival at Argonne, Dr. Kozak has improved the versatility and reliability of centrifugal contactors, a solvent extraction device used for separation of chemical elements including nuclear fuel reprocessing and medical isotope production.
- Kozak, P. A., Tkac, P., Wardle, K. E., Brown, M. A., & Vandegrift, G. F. (2020). Demonstration of the MOEX Process Using Additive-Manufacturing-Fabricated Annular Centrifugal Contactors. Solvent Extraction and Ion Exchange, 38(1), 120-131.
- Gelis, A. V., Kozak, P., Breshears, A. T., Brown, M. A., Launiere, C., Campbell, E. L., … & Lumetta, G. J. (2020). Closing the Nuclear Fuel Cycle with a Simplified Minor Actinide Lanthanide Separation Process (ALSEP) and Additive Manufacturing (vol 8, 12842, 2019). SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 10(1).
- Brown, M. A., & Kozak, P. (2020). Small-Scale Recycling of Irradiated Uranium and Transuranic Elements (Np, Pu) Using 3D-Printed Centrifugal Contactors (No. ANL/CFCT-C2019-19010). Argonne National Lab.(ANL), Argonne, IL (United States).
- Kozak, P., Saboriendo, B., & Tkac, P. (2019). Additive Manufacturing Fabrication of PEEK Counter-Current Centrifugal Contactor Components (No. ANL/CFCT-19/22). Argonne National Lab.(ANL), Argonne, IL (United States).
- Six degrees of nuclear separation - ANL Press Release: Argonne scientists look to 3D printing to ease separation anxiety, which paves the way to recycle more nuclear material.
- New Argonne 3D printing method could transform recycling material behind vital medical isotope - ANL Press Release: For the first time in the U.S., Argonne scientists have used 3D printing to scale up the recycling of the precursors of an important medical isotope.
- Argonne Researchers Explore 3D Printing to Recycle More Used Nuclear Fuel - DOE Office of Nuclear Energy: Argonne National Laboratory is utilizing the flexibility of 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, as a pathway to recycle up to 97% of used fuel produced by nuclear reactors. This new approach could drastically reduce the amount of used fuel stored and the time it remains hazardous.
- Argonne Scientists Scale Up Medical Isotope Recycling Using 3d Printing - 3D Printing Industry: A research team from the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory has successfully scaled up the recycling of an important medical isotope using 3D printed parts.
- Argonne National Laboratory Using 3D Printed PEEK Contactors to Recycle Molybdenum More Efficiently - 3D Printing: Argonne, the nation’s first national laboratory, employs people from over 60 nations, and works to come up with solutions to important national problems in science and technology, often turning to 3D printing to solve them.