Dr. Iuliia Ipatova
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Dr. Iuliia Ipatova

Research Fellow

Originally Iuliia received unique experience studying “Nuclear engineering” at Saint-Petersburg State Institute of Technology (Technical University). During the last year of studies at the University, she started her working practice with natural and artificial radioactive minerals, crystalline ceramics, and glasses in the V.G. Khlopin Radium Institute as a junior researcher. Thereafter, she moved to industry and for 2 years, Iuliia has been working in a project company where was heavily involved in different projects of Nuclear Power Plants (NPP) design and received computational skills.

Following her industrial experience, Iuliia came back to academia to undertake a Ph.D. project at Dalton Cumbrian Facility (which is a collaborative centre between the University of Manchester and Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in the UK). During her Ph.D. Iuliia has been working on microstructure characterization and radiation tolerance of advanced tungsten-tantalum alloys for plasma-facing components of nuclear fusion reactors. Initially coming from an engineering background, the School of Materials in the University of Manchester provided her with an excellent foundation in materials science and radiation damage characterization by different methods, including advanced electron microscopy and mechanical testing.

Currently, Iuliia is a part of Bangor’s Nuclear Futures as a researcher in materials for nuclear power. Here she is the experimental leader in charge of establishing our new nuclear materials laboratory, MERLIN, which represents a significant uplift in Bangor University’s capabilities in materials science. Iuliia’s aim is to support the nuclear industry in North Wales through the development of advanced nuclear fuels, new waste forms, metallic compositions for structural materials and reactor components and improving manufacturing and processing methods.

In September 2020 Iuliia took over as a technical editor of the Nuclear Future (journal of the Nuclear Institute).


1. Self-glowing crystals – radioactive decay energy converters into optical emission, G. Gusev, M. Zamoryanskaya, E. Ivanova, K. Orekhova, V. Kravets, A. Trofimov, I. Ipatova, B. Burakov, accepted by Nuclear Inst. and Methods in Physics Research, A, 2020

2. Influence of boron isotope ratio on the thermal conductivity of uranium diboride (UB) and zirconium diboride (ZrB), L. J. Evitts, S.C. Middleburgh, I. Ipatova, M.J.D. Rushton, W.E. Lee, Journal of Nuclear Materials, 2020, Vol. 528, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnucmat.2019.151892

3. Evidence of excess oxygen accommodation in yttria partially stabilized zirconia, S.C. Middleburgh, I. Ipatova, L. J. Evitts, M.J.D. Rushton, B. Assinder, R.W. Grimes, W.E. Lee, Scripta Materialia, 2020, Vol. 175,


4. Stoichiometry deviation in amorphous zirconium dioxide, M.J.D. Rushton, I. Ipatova, L.J. Evitts, W.E. Lee, S.C. Middleburgh, RSC Advances 9, 2019, Vol. 29, https://doi.org/10.1039/C9RA01865D

5. Void evolution in tungsten and tungsten-5wt.% tantalum under in-situ proton irradiation at 800 and 1000 °C, I. Ipatova, R.W. Harrison, M.J.D. Rushton, S.C. Middleburgh, E. Jimenez-Melero, Journal of Nuclear Materials, 2019, Vol. 526, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnucmat.2019.07.030

6. Structural defect accumulation in tungsten and tungsten-5wt.% tantalum under incremental proton damage, I. Ipatova, R.W. Harrison, S.E. Donnelly, E. Jimenez-Melero, Journal of Nuclear Materials, 2018, Vol. 501, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnucmat.2017.11.030

7. Thermal evolution of the proton-irradiated structure in tungsten-5wt.% tantalum, I. Ipatova, R.W. Harrison, S.E. Donnelly, E. Jimenez-Melero, Journal of Fusion Energy, 2017, Vol. 36, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10894-017-0145-y

8. Characterisation of lattice damage formation in tantalum irradiated at variable temperatures, I. Ipatova, P.T. Wady, S.M. Shubeita, C. Barcellini, A. Impagnatiello, E. Jimenez-Melero, Journal of Microscopy, 2017, Vol. 270, https://doi.org/10.1111/jmi.12662

9. Radiation-induced void formation and ordering in Ta-W alloys, I. Ipatova, P.T. Wady, S.M. Shubeita, C. Barcellini, A. Impagnatiello, E. Jimenez-Melero, Journal of Nuclear Materials, 2017, Vol. 495, pp. 343-350, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnucmat.2017.08.029

10. Monolayer-thick TiO precipitation in V-4Cr-4Ti alloy induced by proton irradiation, A. Impagnatiello, S.M. Shubeita, P.T. Wady, I. Ipatova, H. Dawson, C. Barcellini, E. Jimenez-Melero, Scripta Materialia, Vol. 130, 2017,

11. Synthesis of self-glowing crystals of zircon and zirconia doped with Plutonium-238 and Terbium, B.E. Burakov, I.P. Ipatova, M.A. Petrova, Y.V. Kuznetsova, M.V. Zamoryanskaya, MRS Online Proceedings, 2012 https://doi.org/10.1557/opl.2012.558

12. Development of new generation of durable radio-luminescence emitters based on actinide-doped crystals, B.E. Burakov, I.P. Ipatova, M.A. Petrova, V.A. Zirlin, Y.V. Kuznetsova, M.V. Zamoryanskaya, in Procedia Chemistry, 2012, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.proche.2012.10.099

1. Patent No. 2494483, Method of immobilization of highly radioactive liquid waste into glass ceramics, Y.S. Fedorov, B.E. Burakov, M.A. Petrova, I.P. Ipatova, registered on 27th of September 2013