Joseph V. Minervini

Joseph V. Minervini

Assistant Director

Senior Research Engineer

Head, Magnets and Cryogenics





U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY, B.S. Marine Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA: S.M. Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA: Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering


Applied superconductivity using both low temperature and high temperature superconductors; superconducting magnets for magnetic confinement fusion; superconducting cyclotrons; superconducting dc power transmission; cryogenic engineering; electromagnetics; helium thermal and fluid dynamics.


Research in the field of large-scale applications of superconductors, including applied superconductivity, electromagnetics, cryogenic heat transfer, supercritical helium fluid dynamics and low temperature measurements. Conventional and superconducting magnet systems covering nearly every major application of large-scale superconductivity including fusion energy, magnetic levitation, energy storage, power generation, and transmission, magnetic separation, high energy and nuclear physics, as well as medical applications.

Recent research is focused on the application of High Temperature Superconducting materials to increasing power grid efficiency, reliability and stability. Another major research focus is the development of very high field, highly compact cyclotron accelerators for medical applications (proton and carbon radiotherapy, PET isotope production), for security applications (detection of strategic nuclear materials), and for laboratory research in nuclear physics.


United States Patent 8975836, Ultra-light, Magnetically Shielded, High Current, Compact Cyclotrons, L. Bromberg, J.V. Minervini, P. Le, A. Radovinsky, P. Michael and T. Antaya

United States Patent Application 20140028220, Phase-Lock Loop Synchronization Between Beam Orbit And RF Drive In Synchrocyclotrons, L. Bromberg, J.V. Minervini, Joseph V., P. Le, A.L. Radovinsky, P.C. Michael, Phillip C., and T.A. Antaya

US Patent 8437819, Superconductor Cable, M. Takayasu, J.V. Minervini, and L. Bromberg

US Patent 7701677, Inductive quench for magnet protection, J.H. Schultz, L. Myatt, L. Bromberg, J.V. Minervini, T. Antaya


A. Radovinsky, J.V. Minervini, L. Bromberg, P.C. Michael, and M. Maggiore, “Superconducting Magnets for Ultra Light and Magnetically Shielded, Compact Cyclotrons for Medical, Scientific, and Security Applications,” IEEE Trans. Appl. Superconduct., 24, No. 3, June 2014.

Radovinsky, A. , Smith, B. , Miller, C.E. , Minervini, J.V. , Cheadle, M. , Calabretta, L. , Alonso, J. , Conrad, J. , Calanna, A. , Barletta, W. “Engineering Study of the Sector Magnet for the Daedalus Experiment,” IEEE Trans. on Appl. Superconduct., Volume: 24 , No: 3, June 2014

L. Bromberg, J.V. Minervini, J.H. Schultz, L. Myatt, and T. Antaya, “Internal Quench of Superconducting Magnets by the Use of AC Fields,” IEEE Trans. Appl. Superconduct., 22, no. 4, June 2012.

M. Takayasu, L. Chiesa, L. Bromberg, and J.V. Minervini, “Cabling Method for High Current Conductors Made of HTS Tapes,” IEEE Trans. Appl. Superconduct., to be published.

M. Takayasu, J.V. Minervini, and, L. Bromberg “Torsion Strain Effects on Critical Currents of HTS Superconducting Tapes,” Adv. Cryo. Eng., 56, Plenum, N.Y., 337-344, 2008.

L. Chiesa, M. Takayasu, and J. V. Minervini, “Contact Mechanics Model for Transverse Load Effects on Superconducting Strands in Cable-in-Conduit Conductors,” Adv. Cryo. Eng., 54, Plenum, N.Y., 208-215, 2008.