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Welcome to Giacomo Grasso's research website. Here you can find all the informations about the Author's activity at the Italian National Agency for the New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA, Italy).

January 31, 2011

Giacomo Grasso is a researcher at the Italian National Agency for the New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA), by the "E. Clementel" research center in Bologna since January 2011. He is involved in Generation IV reactors core design, neutronic analyses for fast reactors and scenario studies for the closure of the fuel cycle.

Cultivating interests in particles transport physics, he developed information skills which let him approach transport problems by computer simulations. Initially oriented to charged particles transport in plasmas (non-linear dynamics of complex systems), he developed a Particle In Cell (PIC) code (es-cPIF) for the simulation of the breakdown in Plasma Focus devices during his M.S. thesis.

For the Ph.D research activity he turned his interests to neutrons transport in nuclear reactors, oriented to the neutronic design of Generation-IV systems for an effective nuclear fuel cycle management in sustainable scenarios. He learned how to conceptualize and design the core of a fast reactor -- either critical or subcritical -- optimized to what concerns the aimed goals, in particular in the frame of sustainability.

In ENEA he is responsible for the core design activities performed in the frame of the agreement between ENEA and the Italian Ministery for Economic Development. Since November 2011, he is also responsible of the core design of ALFRED - the demonstrator reactor of the lead-cooled technology for a new generation of safer and more sustainable nuclear energy systems, as envisaged by the European Union in its Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan), and put forward by the European Sustainable Nuclear Industrial Initiative (ESNII), one of the pillars of SNETP (the European Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform).

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