Ryan came to the SALT Group in the Fall of 2022 after his time at Lewis & Clark College, where he obtained B.A. degrees in both mathematics and chemistry. Ryan has two main focuses for his research. His main project focuses understanding the corrosion mechanism of stainless steel in fluoride salts, and how irradiation or friction might affect this corrosion. The other area of research is the precise measurement of molten salt density as a function of temperature.
In his free time, Ryan enjoys playing tennis, playing with his pet rats (Kiwi and Yuzu), and cooking.
While at UC Berkeley, Ryan’s research has been aligned with the collaborative efforts of the FUTURE EFRC. With the center’s project focusing on mass transport within a reactor system, Ryan’s research has specifically focused on understanding the reactions between molten salts and stainless steel at their interface. A second project which also probes the salt-metal interface is the NEUP Pump Development Project, where his work focuses on the effects of friction and wear on corrosion in molten salts. A third project has been density measurements of molten salts for the Molten Salt Round Robin.
Publications will be updated when more relevant documents are available.
R. D. Hayes, S. Mills, A. Minor, R.O. Scarlat. Static Corrosion of 316 Stainless Steel Upon Exposure to Metal Fluorides in Molten Salt. TMS 2022, 151st Annual Meeting & Exhibition. Anaheim, CA.February 27-March 3, 2022.
R. D. Hayes, S. Mastromarino, M. Nelson, R.O. Scarlat. Extracting Salt Properties from Visualization of Molten Salt Sessile Droplets. TMS 2021, 150th Annual Meeting & Exhibition. Virtual. March 15-18, 2021.