World Energy TV talks to David LeBlanc, President and CTO of Terrestrial Energy at the World Nuclear Association Symposium 2015.
David obtained B.Sc in Physics from University of New Brunswick in 1989.
Completed M.Sc then Ph.d in Physics at University of Ottawa in 1998 Ph.d which related to high temperature superconductors including investigations into a novel technique for implementing the new materials for magnetic confinement for fusion.
David was awarded a long term fellowship in 1993 from the Canadian Fusion Fuels Technology Project (CFFTP) which became ITER Canada.
David’s interests later evolved to efforts towards alternative fission reactor design and I took time out from my Ph.d to pursue these concepts.
At this time David also briefly worked for AECL, completing a comparative study of all major reactor designs.
After obtaining his Ph.d David took a teaching position with the Carleton University Physics department but continued to work on Molten Salt Reactor systems.
Several innovations and patents having been filed, and at the end of 2012 helped David found Terrestrial Energy Inc. with the aim of developing the Integral Molten Salt Reactor which seeks to minimize development needs to bring this needed Gen IV technology to fruition.