Levente Balogh, PhD

Levente Balogh

Assistant Professor

Room 312B Nicol Hall 
Phone: (613) 533-6000 ext. 74570
FAX: (613) 533-6489

Email: levente.balogh@queensu.ca 

Biography and Research Interests

Brief Bio on LinkedIn

Following the award of his PhD at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary, Levente Balogh completed postdocs at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Queen’s University. He was employed as a Research Scientist at the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories before joining Queen’s faculty in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering as a member of the Arthur B. McDonald Institute.

His group’s research is directed along three main lines:
    Irradiation effects on the performance of structural materials: Irradiation with high-energy particles changes the microstructure of materials which strongly affects their mechanical properties, which can lead to swelling and embrittlement of nuclear reactor components. Research advancing the understanding of radiation damage is crucial for the safe operation of current and the safe design of next-generation nuclear reactors. The accelerator at Queen’s’ Reactor Materials Testing Laboratory (RMTL) is used to bombard materials with high energy protons and the changing microstructure is investigated with X-ray and neutron diffraction, advanced synchrotron characterization techniques (high-energy X-ray diffraction microscopy, micro-tomography) and electron microscopy to better understand radiation-induced damage.
    Astroparticle physics research, dark matter detectors: The proton accelerator at the RMTL can also be used to generate neutron radiation, which in collaboration with the Arthur B. McDonald Institute, is used for physics research, such as developing methods for testing and calibrating dark matter detector prototypes as well as various other experiments.
    Characterization of advanced materials, additively manufactured metals: Components fabricated with novel techniques, such as Additive Manufacturing, can develop uncommon microstructures which have a strong influence on their mechanical properties and performance. X-ray and neutron diffraction, advanced synchrotron characterization techniques combined with mechanical testing and microscopy methods are used to explore the microstructure - mechanical property relations of these materials.

Areas of Research

  • Nuclear materials, characterization of radiation damage
  • X-ray and neutron diffraction, Diffraction Line Profile Analysis (peak broadening analysis) (DLPA)
  • Advanced synchrotron X-ray techniques: high-energy X-ray diffraction microscopy, micro-tomography
  • Microstructure - mechanical property relations of structural materials
  • Characterization of Additively Manufactured materials

List of Publications

Positions Available

I am currently looking for enthusiastic MSc and PhD students with engineering or physics background, who are interested in one or more of these topics:

  • Particle accelerators, irradiation of materials
  • Neutron detectors, dark matter detectors
  • X-ray/neutron diffraction, synchrotron X-ray techniques
  • Nuclear materials

Courses

MECH 851 Materials Characterization (with Prof. Diak and Prof. Yao)