Dr. David Hobbs

2013 Fred C. Davison Distinguished Scientist Award

Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2013 Fred C. Davison Distinguished Scientist Award is Dr. David T. Hobbs. He is senior advisory scientist with the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) Environmental and Actinide Section.

Prior to joining SRNL in 1984, he worked at the Research Triangle Institute, Englehard Corporation, and Pfizer. He has made significant contributions to the treatment and chemistry of high-level nuclear wastes resulting from operations at the Savannah River Site and Hanford. He has done extensive work to improve the material used for removal of strontium and actinides from the high-level wastes. His work has involved extensive collaboration with other national laboratories, industrial companies, a chemical supplier, and universities. The work resulted in one patent and two patent applications for preparation of nanosized material for strontium and actinides removal from nuclear waste and led to winning the 2011 Council for Chemical Research's Collaboration Research Award. The materials he developed are presently used in a pilot facility at SRS that has converted more than 2 million gallons of high-level nuclear waste solutions to low-level waste, which has been safely converted to a solid waste for safe permanent storage on site.

Hobbs has made recent contributions in the application of electrochemical processes for treatment of waste solutions to recover chemicals in waste in order to reduce the amount of solid waste which must be treated for permanent storage. He is also investigating several other applications in the area of hydrogen production.

Hobbs has done extensive mentoring of other scientists, engineers, post-doctoral students, and managers. His research has funded numerous post-doctoral students and junior staff members. Several of these have become permanent staff members at SRNL.

Hobbs has won numerous awards in the past, both locally and nationally, including being named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society. He was chosen in 2010 to be a foundational member of the DOE's Environmental Management Technical Expert Group. This group advises the Assistant Secretary on all aspects of nuclear waste processing across DOE as well as technical consultation for each site and for the Japanese after the disaster at Fukushima caused damage to several nuclear reactors.

Hobbs received his award at the 22nd Annual Edward Teller Lecture and Banquet on October 21 at the USC-Aiken Convocation Center.

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