Christian is an avid reader and likes to take long hikes in the forest. When he is not hiking, or snowboarding the freshly dusted mountains of California, he likes to ponder the many unknowns of the universe and wonder how he can help to progress humanity’s standard of living. He has deep interests in extraterrestrial exploration and would like to someday run an aerospace company which aids in the privatization of human spaceflight.
Christian is currently investigating the how Beryllium-Fluoride salts corrode 316H Stainless Steel, in collaboration with his industry sponsor Thorcon Power. He has designed and is in the process of fabricating a natural circulation molten salt loop to house sample coupons, within which he will conduct his research.
Christian also works closely with the Molten Salt Thermal Properties Working Group (MSTPWG), organizing an international Round Robin where salt prepared at Oak Ridge National Lab has been shipped to over twenty organizations and will be characterized using multiple techniques in order to create benchmarks for both the salts, and the techniques used.
Christian is also very intrigued by the thermoelectric effect, and has been working to design an experiment to determine the thermopower of select molten salts. This project aims to show the merit of using thermoelectric generators instead of traditional steam generators.
Christian also spends time mentoring undergraduate and high school students whom are interested in STEM fields.