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INL Contact Information
Senior Research Engineer
James O’Brien, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Engineer in the Experiment Programs Department at the Idaho National Laboratory. His current responsibilities include technical and program management of the INL High-Temperature Electrolysis Research Program. This research is aimed at development of efficient hydrogen production technology based on steam electrolysis using solid-oxide cells. At INL, Dr. O’Brien has also performed research in heat transfer and fluid mechanics, 2-phase flow and boiling heat transfer, aerosol transport and measurement, severe accident analysis, advanced energy conversion systems, and other topics.
Dr. O’Brien holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota. He has been employed at the INL for 22 years. Before joining INL, Dr. O’Brien served as a member of the ME faculty at the Pennsylvania State University and as an aerospace research engineer at the NASA Glenn Research Center. He is the author or co-author of 5 book chapters, 36 journal articles and more than 120 conference papers on a variety of topics in thermal sciences. Dr. O’Brien has received numerous awards, and is an active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Dr. O’Brien also serves as a technical consultant for IAEA on non-electric applications of nuclear energy.
Outside of work he enjoys backpacking, canoeing, camping and outdoor photography.
Created at 3/23/2018 10:35 AM by Phyllis L. King
Last modified at 3/23/2018 10:35 AM by Phyllis L. King