Thomas Lillo, Ph.D.
Matreials Staff Scientist
Research Areas: Materials Properties and Performance
Biography: Dr. Thomas Lillo is a materials staff scientist at Idaho National Laboratory whose principal interests and expertise include microstructural and mechanical property characterization (SEM, TEM, precession electron diffraction, OIM, x-ray diffraction, tensile testing, high temperature creep testing, etc.) of metals, metal alloys and ceramics. Current research programs in include the characterization of high temperature creep behavior and microstructural development in high temperature nickel-base alloys for the intermediate heat exchanger associated with the Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) program and computational modeling & simulation of creep in welds in a g’ strengthened, nickel-base alloy for fossil energy applications. He also performs advanced microstructural characterization using state-of-the-art TEM techniques on fission product migration in the SiC layer of irradiated TRISO fuel particles from the Advance Gas Reactor experiment. He received his doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s in metallurgical engineering from Michigan Technological University. He has over 45 peer-reviewed publications and 8 patents. His awards include co-author INL Outstanding Scientific Paper of the Year (“Identification of Silver and Palladium in Irradiated TRISO Coated Particles”, J. Nuc. Matls, 2014) and co-author in Outstanding Engineering Paper of the Year (“Threshold Stress Creep Behavior of Alloy 617 at Intermediate Temperature”, Mat. Sci. Engg. A, 2014) as well as Outstanding Mentor of the Year by the DOE-Office of Science, Undergraduate Research Programs in 2002.
Ph.D., Metallurgical Engineering - Michigan Technological University
M.S., Metallurgical Engineering - Michigan Technological University
B.S., Metallurgical Engineering - Michigan Technological University
T.M. Lillo, I.J. van Rooyen, "Associations of Pd, U and Ag in the SiC layer of neutron-irradiated TRISO fuel", J. Nuc. Mater., 2015, vol. 460, pp. 97-106.
T.M. Lillo, R.N. Wright, "Microstructural Characterization of Alloy 617 Crept into the Tertiary Regime", Proceedings of the 2015 ASME Pressure Vessels & Piping Conference, July 19-23, 2015, Boston, Massachusetts.
Benz, J.K., Carroll, L.J., Wright, J.K., Wright, R.N., Lillo, T.M., "Threshold Stress Creep Behavior of Alloy 617 at Intermediate Temperatures", Metall. Trans. A, Metall. Mater. Trans. A, 2014,45(7), 3010-3022.
I. van Rooyen,T.Lillo, Y.Wu," Identification of Silver and Palladium in Irradiated TRISO Coated Particles of the AGR-1 Experiment", J. Nuclear Matls.,vol. 446, 2014, pp. 178-186.
Lillo, T.M., "High Temperature Corrosion Behavior of HVOF, Fe3Al Coatings and Alloy 22 Weld Overlays", Fossil Energy Project at the 27th Annual Conference on Fossil Energy Materials, 18–20 June, 2013, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
Lillo, T.M., "High Temperature Corrosion Behavior of HVOF, Fe3Al Coatings", Fossil Energy Project at the 26th Annual Conference on Fossil Energy Materials, 17–19 April, 2012, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
Wright, J. K., L. J. Carroll, C. J. Cabet, T. M. Lillo, J. K. Benz, J. A. Simpson, W. R. Lloyd, J. A. Chapman, and R. N. Wright, "Characterization of elevated temperature properties of heat exchanger and steam generator alloys," Nucl. Eng. Des.,vol. 251,2012, pp.387-408. doi:10.1016/j.nucengdes.2011.10.034 (2012), http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0029549311009071
Lillo, T., J. Cole, M. Frary, and S. Schlegel, "Influence of grain boundary character on creep void formation in alloy 617," Metall. Mater. Trans. A, 2009,40(12), 2803–2811, doi:10.1007/s11661-009-0051-7 (2009), http://www.springerlink.com/content/b253008106868g65/.
S. Schlegel, S. Hopkins, E. Young, J. Cole, T. Lillo, and M. Frary, "Precipitate redistribution during creep of alloy 617," Metall. Mater. Trans. A, 40(12), 2812–2823, doi:10.1007/s11661-009-0027-7 (2009), http://www.springerlink.com/content/376147n8082163r5/.
Lillo, T., and R. Wright, "Microstructure, processing, and performance relationships for high temperature coatings," Fossil Energy Project at the 22nd Annual Conference on Fossil Energy Materials, 8–10 July, 2008, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
Totemeier, T., Lillo, T., Simpson, J., "Elevated temperature strength of fine-grained INCONEL alloy MA754", Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, 2005, Vol.36(9), pp.2552-2555.
Totemeier, T., Lillo, T., "Effect of orientation on the tensile and creep properties of coarse-grained Inconel alloy MA754", Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, 2005, Vol.36(3), pp.785-795.
“Identification of Silver and Palladium in Irradiated TRISO Coated Particles”, Outstanding Scientific Paper, Idaho National Laboratory, 2015“Threshold Stress Creep Behavior of Alloy 617 at Intermediate Temperature”, Outstanding Engineering Paper, Idaho National Laboratory, 2015Outstanding Mentor of the Year- Undergraduate Research Programs, DOE-Office of Science, 2002