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Michael Fox, PhD.



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Research Institute

Dr. Fox, the Founder of Chemaxx, was a Research Project Manager for the Nuclear Power Division of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto, California from 1978 to 1983. 

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto, California

The research focused on the metallurgy, corrosion and failure analysis of materials in nuclear reactors, including boiling water reactors (BWRs) and pressurized water reactors (PWRs). During his five-year tenure with EPRI, Dr. Fox helped formulate and manage about $100 million worth of research spanning a wide range of technical areas including the roles of environment (water chemistry), physical environment (stress), alloy selection, and fabrication (welding) on the corrosion problems facing the nuclear power industry. For example, Dr. Fox formulated and managed multimillion-dollar projects on hydrogen water chemistry (HWC) for BWRs and methods to reduce or eliminate residual stress both means to prevent corrosion in nuclear reactors.

While with EPRI, Dr. Fox chaired three International Workshops on corrosion, metallurgy and failure analysis.

After leaving EPRI in 1983 Dr. Fox continued to consult directly for nuclear power utility companies (including several owned and operated by the Federal Government), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Argonne National Laboratories, Lawrence Livermore Laboratories and EPRI in the same subject areas of corrosion, metallurgy and failure analysis.