August 2, 2019
Staff Accomplishment

Paviet Receives ANS Award, Elected to ANS Board

Recognized for commitment to nuclear fuel cycle research

Patricia Paviet

Patricia Paviet


PNNL’s Patricia Paviet is being honored with the Significant Contribution Award from the American Nuclear Society (ANS) Fuel Cycle and Waste Management Division in recognition of her three decades of support for nuclear fuel recycling and reprocessing.

The ANS award will be presented at the Global Top Fuel 2019 Conference this September in Seattle, and comes amid several recent recognitions for Paviet:

  • In June, she was elected to serve on the ANS board of directors through 2020.
  • In May, she received a patent for an invention related to a reprocessing method which extracts actinides from used nuclear fuel in a single purification cycle.
  • She is an invited lecturer at the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry 100th Anniversary Congress and will be speaking on molten salt reactor (MSR) waste.
  • She was invited by the chairs of the Gen IV International Forum (GIF) MSR provisional systems steering committee to participate and present PNNL’s activities on advanced molten salt reactor chemistry.
  • In addition, Paviet remains the chair of the GIF Education and Training Task Force where she organizes a monthly webinar on advanced reactor systems (

Since joining PNNL in October 2018 as the Radiological Materials technical group manager in the Energy and Environment Directorate, Paviet has reinforced PNNL involvement in the nuclear energy arena and is leading research in molten salt chemistry. Paviet previously was the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy’s director of the Office of Materials and Chemical Technologies. She holds a Ph.D. in radiochemistry from the University Paris XI.

Published: August 2, 2019