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Materials for Nuclear and Extreme Environments
The Materials for Nuclear and Extreme Environments research group was established in late 2017 with the generous support of the Sêr Cymru programme. As a core part of Bangor University’s Nuclear Futures Insititute, our primary focus concerns the development of nuclear materials. However, we are materials scientists at heart and maintain general research interests spanning ceramics, metals, glasses and everything in-between.
Materials Research and Production Capabilities
Our laboratories are the cornerstone of the materials section of the Nuclear Futures Institute. Our MERLIN (Materials Energy Research Lab in Nuclear) laboratory gives us the means to produce world-class research by working with a myriad of materials including uranium compounds.
Meet the Team
The group is led by Professor. Bill Lee who is Sêr Cymru professor of materials in nuclear energy and extreme environments. Bill is a joint appointment with Imperial College London where he is also Co-Director of the Institute of Security Science and Technology (ISST) and Chair in Ceramic Science and Engineering.
Postdoctoral Research Associates and Fellows
Mehdi is a PDRA with an interest in atomistic simulations and numerical modeling of amorphous materials. His work at the Nuclear Futures Institute includes the application of glass science to the nuclear industry.
Ritesh's research focuses on the synthesis and behaviour of novel materials, including those designed for nuclear fuel applications, under relevant operational environments. He is also interested in atomic scale modelling to understand mechanisms that can be linked into Mesoscale/Engineering scale models.
Stuart joined the NFI in January 2023, investigating predictive signatures of common fuel cycle materials in support of Nuclear forensic signature development. Stuart is completing a part time PhD whilst employed, sponsored by AWE and supported by Nuclear Energy Futures CDT.
In October 2022, Cintia joined the Nuclear Futures Institute as a PhD student sponsored by Westinghouse Electric. Cintia's research focuses on the impact of thermal conductivity of uranium nitride fuel.
Zola completed her Master’s degree in Advanced Data Science at Bangor University in 2022. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics for fuel performance modelling. Her project is funded by the National Nuclear Laboratory and OPERA.
Megan joined the group in 2023, as a PhD student sponsored by UKAEA, focussing on lithium chemistry. Megan’s work is focussed on characterising reactions of lithium with impurities in conditions relevant to nuclear fusion applications, primarily using thermal analysis techniques.
India's research involves coupling finite element method analysis and biomimicry - the emulation of the models, systems, and elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex engineering problems.
Christopher’s research project is focused on developing an alloy that will be used as a neutron radiation shielding material for internal components of compact spherical tokamak reactors.
Moli joined the NFI in October 2023 as a PhD student sponsored by AWE. Her project is focused on understanding how the morphology and microstructure of plutonium oxide changes with radioactive ageing.
Gareth’s particular area of study is interested in the cladding that holds the fuel within the nuclear reactors. Gareth’s academic studies began in mid Wales at Aberystwyth University where he received a masters of materials physics in 2019. From there, He was granted the opportunity to study towards a PhD within the fantastic Nuclear Futures Bangor team.
Brandon joined the Nuclear Futures Institute in 2022 as a PhD student sponsored by Tokamak Energy. He is currently working on lithium focused computational research developing atomistic models.
Sarah’s project focuses on supporting the research and development of accident tolerant and advanced technology fuels for commercial nuclear reactors. Sarah’s main area of research looks at how adding dopants to UO2 can beneficially impact fuel performance.
Lewis has completed a BSc in Computer Science and an MSc in Computer Science. He is working on a KESSS2 Funded Masters partnered with EDF Emergy. His maters looks into the relationship between high burnup fuel, and its susceptibility to fragment and pulverize under accident conditions in PWR's.