Ryan - Microscopist - Arnprior, ON, Canada

Pam Ryan

Arnprior, ON, Canada



  • Part time

Work History

Chemical Technologist

Chalk River Laboratories

November 2009 - February 2012

Responsibilities Include:
-Performing sample preparation techniques on radioactive liquid waste samples, including sub-sampling, pre-concentration, and source preparation.

-Performing separation of tritium from matrix interferences by low temperature distillation techniques followed by quantification via liquid scintillation counting.

-Trained on operating procedures and requirements of RLPs for working safely and implementing compliance requirements for radiation work protocols in Class-B radiochemical laboratories.

-Performing calibrations of various equipment utilized in the radiochemical laboratories (including pipettes, balances, etc.).

-Performing self-protection tests for assessment of contamination levels of work surfaces and implementing ALARA conditions in the radiochemical labs.

Interim Assessment

NRU Reactor Vessel Corrosion Mechanism

From July 2009

4. Examination of P7A13 Fuel Channel Components. H. Chaput. 30-31110-TR-004. 2009 July.

5. Interim Assessment of NRU Reactor Vessel Corrosion Mechanism. C. Stuart, M. Wright and D. Mancey. 153-150200-ASD-001. 2009 October.

NRU Reactor

From December 2008

2. SEM/EDS Analysis of Bruce Red Oxide Dust. P. Ryan. 2009 April.

3. Bruce A, Unit2 MO5E Bellows Inspection and Analysis of Corrosion Product to Determine Extent of Corrosion Damage to Alloy 600 Bellows. P. Ryan and M. Wright. 2IRT-31180-401-000. 2009 July

High-Burnup Thoria Fuel. W.H. Hocking, C. LeMoine, K.G. Irving

From December 2008

and P.M. Ryan, 153-124600-450-005, 2008 December.

7. Characterization of the Microchemistry at the Fuel-Sheath Interface in a Low-Void Reactivity Fuel by Imaging X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy. W.H. Hocking, K.G. Irving and P. Ryan. Proceeding of the 10th International Conference on CANDU Fuel, 2008 October 5-9.

10th International Conference

From October 2008

8. Wavelength Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (WDS) on Defected Fuel. R. Ham-Su, Z. He and P. Ryan, 153-124000-TN-001. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on CANDU Fuel, 2008 October 5-9.

9. Characterization of Irradiated UMo Fuel by Scanning Electron Microscopy and Wavelength Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (SEM/WDS)-by P. Ryan

10. SEM/WDS Analysis of a Fuel Fragment Sample from Defected Element XC9179Z-5-by Z. He, P. Ryan and D. Leach

11. Characterization of the Microchemistry at the Fuel-Sheath Interface in a High-Burnup CANFLEX Fuel by Imaging X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy FCC-34009 Report # 153-124600-450-001-by W.H. Hocking, T. Do, K.G. Irving and P.M. Ryan

12. Analysis of Compacted Aluminum Pellets Using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), and Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectrometry (EDS)-by P. Ryan

13. Characterization of Irradiated 20 at% Burn up U-Mo Fuel by Scanning Electron Microscopy and Wavelength Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (SEM/WDS)-by P. Ryan

14. Analysis of MMIR Target Sample Using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), and Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectrometry (EDS)-by P. Ryan


From September 2006

Recent Documentation includes several Technical Memos, CNS Fuel Conference Papers and Reports:

SEM and X-ray Microscopy

From June 2005

-Lehigh University, US
-Delivering on Customer Requirements-February 2005

Bulk Specimens and Particles

From June 2004

Lehigh University, USA

Surface Science Technologist

Chalk River Laboratories

September 1997 - November 2009

Responsibilities Include:

-Primary operator of the Shielded JEOL JXA 840A Scanning Electron Microscope (formerly known as the SSEM) equipped with Backscatter (BS), Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectrometer (EDX), and Wavelength Dispersive X-ray Spectrometer (WDX) detectors, and providing backup for the Active SEM/EDS instrument.
-Analyses include ceramic fuels both irradiated and unirradiated, high burn-up fuels, failure analysis on various reactor parts, etc.

-Performing surface examinations and analyses and reporting in support of commercial, COG and CANDU R&D programs by scanning electron microscopy and x-ray microanalysis (EDS and WDS).

Work Related Courses taken include:

Fuel Technologist

Chalk River Laboratories

December 1987 - September 1997

Responsibilities Include:

- Developing and fabricating prototype fuels (mainly poisoned and enriched fuel). This includes dry-blending and mixing of depleted, natural and/or enriched uranium powders with the necessary additives, then pre-pressing, granulating, and final pressing the powders into green pellets which are then sintered and characterized (also documenting this information into manufacturing travelers.)

- All aspects of Simfuel fabrication from powder inventory to manufacturing, sintering, characterizing and documentation of Simfuel batches ranging from 1.5% to 8% burnup fuel.

-. Maintaining fissile material physical inventory of various labs and responsibility as head of accounting for the Ceramic's group.

-. Service work includes heat treatments, surface area analyses, porosimetry and particle size analyses.

- Routine lab work includes utilizing the attrition mill, jaw crusher, ball mill, spray dryer, sintering furnace, etc.

-. Previous work included slip-casting of thoria and alumina products and experimental development of various toughened ceramics.

- Documenting procedures for operating large pieces of lab equipment including automatic press, large sintering furnaces, etc.

Research Fuel Technologist

Bubble Technology Industries (B.T.I.)

May 1986 - November 1987

a spin-off company to AECL

Responsibilities Include:
- Assisting in the development, and subsequent production of a neutron detector known as BD-100 (a patented product).

- Performing research experiments for developing a neutron spectrometer.

- Producing large quantities of neutron detectors to meet commercial sales and performed QA on these detectors sent to customers.

Chemical Technologist

General Chemistry Branch

August 1981 - May 1986


Responsibilities Include:
- Preparation of samples for N.A.A. (neutron activation analysis) and subsequent counting and interpretation of results (processing).

- Developing methods for tracer analysis.

Chemical Technician, N.A.S

McMaster University

August 1980 - April 1981

Responsibilities Include:
- Testing samples of rocks and ore by N.A.A. for determination of all platinum group elements and gold (duties included sample preparation, counting on PHYGE detectors, operating multi-channel analyzer and calculation of results).

Qualifications & Certifications

University of Waterloo

Nuclear Science

University of Waterloo


Loyalist College

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