Dr. Samson Hettiarachchi
Dr. Samson Hettiarachchi has 33 years of experience as a college lecturer, researcher, innovator and a technologist. He has held a variety of technical positions at GE Nuclear Energy as Chief Engineer/Physical Sciences, Chief Technologist/Chemistry, Engineering Fellow and Principal Engineer prior to his retirement from GE in February 2011. Prior to joining GE, he held the position of Electrochemist/Senior Electrochemist at SRI International (formerly Stanford Research Institute) and the position of Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Two of his innovations at GE Nuclear Energy, NobleChemTM and On-Line NobleChem are widely used in the US, Japan, Spain and Switzerland to extend the life of Boiling Water Nuclear Reactors.
Dr. Hettiarachchi’s research experiences include Physical Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Surface Chemistry, Catalysis, Corrosion and Mitigation of materials, Battery Technology, Sensor Technology, and In-situ Generation of Nano-particles.
He has worked in the nuclear power industry related work for about 25 years. His specific experiences in the nuclear industry include, Development of ECP sensors, ECP monitoring, High Temperature pH Measurements, Zeta Potential Measurements, HWC Benchmark Tests, Water Chemistry Guidelines, Dose Reduction, Fuel Corrosion, SCC Mitigation, NobleChem Applications, On-Line NobleChem Applications, Inspection Relief Criteria Development, and Plant Chemistry/Materials Education and Training. For many years he has participated in EPRI BWRVIP Mitigation Committee Meetings and several IAEA Meetings. He has over 100 publications in International Journals and International Conference Proceedings and holds 27 issued US patents.
He has been a peer reviewer for the Corrosion Journal and the Journal of Nuclear Science and Engineering.