June 18, 2024
NANO Nuclear Energy Senior Director and Head of Reactor Design Prof. Massimiliano Fratoni Honored at American Nuclear Society’s Annual Conference 2024 and Awarded the Untermyer & Cisler Reactor Technology Medals

Chair of University of California Berkeley Nuclear Engineering Department, NANO Nuclear Energy Head of Reactor Design and ‘ZEUS’ Development Lead, Prof. Massimiliano Fratoni recognized for his excellence in advanced reactor development.

NANO Nuclear Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: NNE) (“NANO Nuclear”), an emerging vertically integrated microreactor and advanced nuclear technology company led by a world-class nuclear engineering team developing proprietary, portable, and clean energy solutions, is delighted to announce that Professor Massimiliano Fratoni, Ph.D., has been awarded the American Nuclear Society’s Untermyer & Cisler Reactor Technology Medals in recognition for his outstanding contributions to the advancement of nuclear technology, specifically for the groundbreaking development of fluoride-cooled pebble-bed reactors and pioneering work in various other advanced reactor technologies.

This is Prof. Fratoni’s second and third accolades from the American Nuclear Society, following his receipt of the Early Career Reactor Physicist Award in 2018.

Prof. Fratoni has proven instrumental in the design and development of NANO Nuclear’s advanced ‘ZEUS’ microreactor technology and has played a key role in the filing of multiple provisional patent applications with the USPTO. The Company intends to file utility and design patents in the near future.

Figure 1 – Jay Jiang Yu, Executive Chairman and President of NANO Nuclear Energy Inc. alongside Professor Massimiliano Fratoni, Ph.D., Senior Director and Head of Reactor Design, who was awarded the Untermyer & Cisler Reactor Technology Medals at the 2024 Annual Conference Hosted by the American Nuclear Society.

“It is an honor to receive these awards, and I would like to thank everyone at the American Nuclear Society,” said Prof. Massimiliano Fratoni, Ph.D., Senior Director and Head of Reactor Design of NANO Nuclear Energy. “The Annual Conference 2024 brings together key figures in the industry, including executives, regulators, researchers, and thought leaders. It is a privilege to be honored before such a distinguished audience. Additionally, we have already started the process of safeguarding our proprietary technology behind our advanced portable ‘ZEUS’ microreactor design and show our dedication to driving innovation in the new nuclear space.”

Figure 2 – NANO Nuclear Energy Inc. Proprietary Advanced Portable Nuclear ‘ZEUS’ Microreactor Rendition.

The applications are directed to the novel design NANO Nuclear believes has the potential to overcome the disadvantages of conventional nuclear power plants. The innovative design allows for sufficient power generation, adequate safety margins and optimized transportability, while the complete absence of moving components inside the reactor vessel increases the overall safety of the system.

“I’m thrilled for Prof. Fratoni and would like to be the first to congratulate him on the well-deserved awards,” said Jay Jiang Yu, Executive Chairman and President of NANO Nuclear Energy. “We believe there is an exciting opportunity to innovate within the existing advanced nuclear energy space. Prof. Fratoni and the rest of our world-class technical team have worked tirelessly on the development of ‘ZEUS’ to ensure that it is the embodiment of the next generation of advanced nuclear technology: smaller, cheaper and safer. With the provisional patent applications filed, we now look forward to finalizing our utility and design patent.”

Figure 3 – NANO Nuclear Energy Inc. View of the Proprietary Advanced Portable Nuclear ‘ZEUS’ Microreactor Rendition

Designed to fit within the dimensions of a 45-foot high-cube container, the ‘ZEUS’ reactor features a power conversion unit capable of generating between 1 – 2 MW of electricity and does not rely on a fluid coolant. The absence of fluids enables ‘ZEUS’ to embody a greatly simplified design that relies only on fully passive components, improving safety and reliability. Its optimized design enables it to meet the diverse needs of various industries, including data centers, AI and quantum computing, crypto mining, military applications, disaster relief efforts, transportation and shipping, mining projects, water desalination, green hydrogen production, and even space exploration.

Figure 4 – NANO Nuclear Energy Inc. Internal View of Truck-Mounted Proprietary Advanced Portable Nuclear ‘ZEUS’ Microreactor

“Prof. Massimiliano Fratoni is incredibly talented, and these awards further cements his standing as one of the foremost technological innovators in the nuclear energy industry,” said James Walker, Chief Executive Officer and Head of Reactor Development of NANO Nuclear Energy. “It is a testament to his body of work, as well as innovative spirit and I couldn’t be happier to have him on the NANO Nuclear team. With his assistance, the Company has been diligent in effectively leveraging our available resources to advance the development of our microreactor designs. Prof. Fratoni has been instrumental in this effort, and our provisional patent application filings are a testament to the hard work and expertise of our technical team.”

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