Interview: Yacine Kadi

K=1 Project
May 10, 2016

Topic: Generation IV, Thorium

Dr. Yacine Kadi, Project Leader at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), and Professor in the Department of Energy Science at Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea speaks about the potential of next generation nuclear reactors to meet future energy needs. In particular, Dr. Kadi speaks about the advantages of thorium as an alternative source of nuclear fuel. 

Dr. Kadi has much experience researching innovative nuclear reactors and thorium as a fuel source. In the late 1990s, Dr. Kadi collaborated with Carlo Rubbia, the 1984 Nobel Laureate in Physics, in designing a fast neutron operated high power Energy Amplifier: a thorium powered accelerator driven system that employs liquid lead as a coolant. With Dr. Rubbia, Yacine Kadi investigated the relationship between energy research and application in the Emerging Energy Technologies Group at CERN. In addition, from 2007-2008, Dr. Kadi served on a Thorium Report Committee for the Research Council of Norway. He has also served in an advisory position to the South Korean government regarding the possibility of developing thorium driven reactors from the United Arab Emirates. Dr. Kadi is currently continuing his work at CERN where he is leading a project to build a radioactive ion beam facility. He received his PhD in Nuclear Reactor Physics from the Université de Provence in France in 1995.