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Ryan P. Morco, Ph.D.

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Biography:

​Dr. Ryan P. Morco is a radiation chemistry postdoctoral research associate at Idaho National Laboratory. His research interest lies in the radiation-assisted catalysis and electrocatalysis for the conversion of greenhouse gases to value-added products. He holds a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Western Ontario, where he also earned his master’s. He received his bachelor’s in chemistry from Cagayan State University in The Philippines. Before joining INL he was a postdoctoral associate in the Radiation Assisted Materials Performance Science (RAMPS) Group at the University of Western Ontario. In 2019 he was named the recipient of the Canadian Nuclear Society’s R.E. Jervis Award, which recognizes excellence in research and development carried out by a full-time graduate student in nuclear engineering or related fields.

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Education:

​Ph.D., Chemistry - University of Western Ontario

M.S., Chemistry - University of Western Ontario

B.S., Chemistry - Cagayan State University

Publications:

Theses:
Morco, Ryan P., "Gamma-Radiolysis Kinetics and Its Role in the Overall Dynamics of Materials Degradation" (2020). The University of Western Ontario. Ph.D. https://ir.lib.uwo.ca/etd/7248.
 
Morco, Ryan P., "Effect of Gamma Radiation on the Interfacial Reactions and Transfer Processes of Phosphonium-based Ionic Liquids with Carbon Steel" (2014). The University of Western Ontario. M.Sc. https://ir.lib.uwo.ca/etd/2442.

Refereed Conference Papers and Journals:
R.P. Morco, J.M. Joseph, G. Whitaker, B. Noye, V. Bostan, D. Jarron, J.C. Wren, Immobilization of Radioactive Wastes Using Geopolymers, Waste Management Symposia 2019 Proceedings, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, March 3-7, 2019 Paper # 19483.
 
J.C. Wren, A. Jean. M. Naghizadeh, L. Grandy, R. Morco, J.M. Joseph, M. Behazin, P.G. Keech, Radiation Induced Corrosion of Copper in Deep Geological Repositories, Waste Management Symposia 2019 Proceedings, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, March 3-7, 2019 Paper # 19493. 

J.C. Wren, D. Guo, Y. Shin, M. Li, R. Morco, J. M. Joseph, M. Behazin, P.G. Keech, Corrosion of Carbon Steel Inside Used Nuclear Fuel Containers, Waste Management Symposia 2019 Proceedings, Phoenix, Arizona, USA, March 3-7, 2019 Paper # 19492. 

R.P. Morco, J.M. Joseph, D.S. Hall, C. Medri, D.W. Shoesmith, J.C. Wren, Modeling of Radiolytic Production of HNO3 Relevant to Corrosion of a Used Fuel Container in Deep Geologic Repository Environments, Corros. Eng. Sci. Techn. 52:sup1, (2017) 141-147. 

R.P. Morco, J.M. Joseph, A.Y. Musa, J.C. Wren, Corrosion of Carbon Steel in the [P14666] [Br] Ionic Liquid: The Effects of Gamma Radiation and Cover Gas, Corros. Sci., 102 (2016) 1- 15. 

R.P. Morco, J.M. Joseph, J.C. Wren, The Chemical Stability of Phosphonium-based Ionic liquids under Gamma Irradiation, RSC Adv., 5 (2015) 28570-28581. 

R.P. Morco, A.Y. Musa, J.C. Wren, The Molecular Structures and the Relationships Between the Calculated Molecular and Observed Bulk Phase Properties of Phosphonium-based Ionic Liquids, Solid State Ionics 258 (2014) 74-81. 

P.C.B. Pabroa, F.L. Santos, R.P. Morco, J.M.D. Racho, A.T. Bautista VII, C.G.D. Bucal, Receptor modeling studies for the characterization of air particulate lead pollution sources in Valenzuela sampling site (Philippines), Atmos. Pollut. Res. 2 (2011) 213‐218. 

F.L. Santos, P.C.B. Pabroa, R.P. Morco, J.M.D. Racho, Elemental characterization of inhalable particulate emissions on New Year’s Day in Metro Manila, Philippine Nuclear Journal 15 (2010) 35-43.
Presentations:
​POSTERS AND PRESENTATIONS, * indicates oral presentation:

R.P. Morco, J.M. Joseph, G. Whitaker, B. Noye, V. Bostan, D. Jarron, J.C. Wren, Immobilization of Radioactive Wastes Using Geopolymers, Annual University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering (UNENE) R&D Workshop Student Presentations, Toronto, Ontario, December 16, 2019. 

R.P. Morco*, Immobilization of Radioactive Waste Using Geopolymers, Waste Management Symposia, Phoenix, Arizona, March 3-7, 2019. 

R.P. Morco, J.M. Joseph, M. Behazin, P.G. Keech, J.C. Wren, Steady-State Radiolysis of Humid Air and Ground Water: Model Predictions and Experimental Studies, Waste Management Symposia, Phoenix, Arizona, March 3-7, 2019.

R.P. Morco*, Immobilization of Radioactive Waste Using Geopolymers, Annual University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering (UNENE) R&D Workshop Student Presentations, Toronto, Ontario, January 14, 2019. 

R.P. Morco, J.M. Joseph, D.W. Shoesmith, J.C. Wren Modeling of Radiolytic Production of Oxidants Relevant to Corrosion of a Used Fuel Container in DGR Environments, 37th Annual Canadian Nuclear Society Conference and 37th Annual CNS/CNA Student Conference, Niagara Falls, Ontario, June 4-7, 2017. 

R.P. Morco, J.M. Joseph, D.W. Shoesmith, J.C. Wren Modeling of Radiolytic Production of Oxidants Relevant to Corrosion of a Used Fuel Container in DGR Environments, Canadian Society for Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Toronto, Ontario, May 28 – June 1, 2017.

R.P. Morco, J.M. Joseph, D.S. Hall, D.W. Shoesmith, J.C. Wren, Modeling of Radiolytic Production of Oxidants Relevant to Corrosion of a Used Fuel Container in DGR Environments, Waste Management Symposia, Phoenix, Arizona, March 6-8, 2017.

R.P. Morco, J.M. Joseph, D.W. Shoesmith, J.C. Wren,  Simplified Formulae for the Production of Oxidants by Gamma-Radiolysis of Chloride Solutions, 6th International Conference on Long-Term Prediction of Corrosion Damage in Nuclear Waste Systems, Toronto, Ontario, May 9-12, 2016.

B. Ibrahim, R.P. Morco, J.M. Joseph, D.W. Shoesmith, J.C. Wren,  Effect of γ-Radiation on Copper Corrosion in Humid Environments, 6th International Conference on Long-Term Prediction of Corrosion Damage in Nuclear Waste Systems, Toronto, Ontario, May 9-12, 2016.

R.P. Morco, M. Momeni, J.C. Wren, Corrosion Behaviour of Carbon Steel in Non-aqueous Electrolyte and γ-Radiation Induced Oxide Protection, NACE Corrosion 2016, Vancouver, British Columbia, March 7-8, 2016.

R.P. Morco, J.M. Joseph, D.W. Shoesmith, J.C. Wren,  The Effect of Chloride on Water Radiolysis Kinetics and Copper Corrosion, Annual University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering (UNENE) workshop, Toronto, Ontario, December 15, 2015.

R.P. Morco*, Effect of Gamma Radiation on the Interfacial Reactions and Transfer Processes of Phosphonium-based Ionic Liquids with Carbon Steel, NACE Southern Ontario Student Chapter Symposium, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, December 12, 2014.

R.P. Morco, J.M. Joseph, A.Y. Musa, J.C. Wren,  The Effect of Gamma Radiation on Phosphonium Ionic Liquids:  Its Stability and Interaction towards Solid, Annual University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering (UNENE) workshop, Toronto, Ontario, December 10, 2013.

R.P. Morco, J.M. Joseph, A.Y. Musa, J.C. Wren,  Corrosion properties of phosphonium-based ionic liquids towards carbon steel, Surface Canada Conference 2013 Student Conference, London, Ontario, May 8, 2013.

R.P. Morco, J.M. Joseph, A.Y. Musa, J.C. Wren,  Effect of phosphonium-based ionic liquids on the corrosion of carbon steel under gamma radiation, 29th Annual Canadian Nuclear Society Conference and 36th Annual CNS/CNA Student Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, June 12, 2012.

R.P. Morco, J.A. Agustin, L.J. Palad, L. Caluag, and L. Leopando, Radionuclide Characterization of Philippine Research Reactor (PRR-1) by Gamma-ray Spectrometry, Oral Presentation, 26th Philippine Chemistry Congress, April 15, 2011.

R.P. Morco, J.A. Agustin, L.J. Palad, Development and Application of Calibration Standards for Close Geometry Radioactivity Measurements, Poster Presentation, 26th Philippine Chemistry Congress, April 13-15, 2011.

R.P. Morco, J.M.D. Racho, P.C.B. Pabroa, R.V. Almoneda, R.J. Sucgang and S.S. Castaneda, Trace Radioactive Measurement in Foodstuffs Using High Purity Germanium Detector,  Poster Presentation, 25th Philippine Chemistry Congress, April 8-10, 2010.

R.P. Morco, J.M.D. Racho, P.C.B. Pabroa, R.V. Almoneda, R.J. Sucgang and S.S. Castaneda, Gamma-ray Spectrometry of Foodstuffs and Environmental Samples in the Philippines, Poster Presentation, 71st Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers National Convention, Tagaytay City, Philippines, February 17-19, 2010.

F. L. Santos, P. C. B. Pabroa, R. P. Morco, J.M. D. Racho, Characterization and Source Identificationof Ambient Air PM10 in Valenzuela City Sampling Site, 30th Annual Scientific      Meeting Poster Presentstion, National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Manila Hotel, Manila Philippines, 2008.

F. L. Santos, R. P. Morco*, P.C. B. Pabroa, J.M. D. Racho, Elemental Characterization of New Year’s Days PM10 and PM2.2 Particulate Matter at Several Site in Metro Manila, 22nd Philippine Chemistry Congress, 2007.
Awards:
​2019 Canadian Nuclear Achievement Award – Canadian Nuclear Society  R.E. Jervis Award

2017 Roy G. Post Foundation Scholarship Recipient

Academic Excellence Award 2004, Cagayan State University

Registered/Licensed Chemist, Board of Chemistry, Philippine Professional Regulation Commission (since 2004)
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