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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
Robert joined the team in March 2022 and is modelling nuclear fuel and nuclear materials for fusor systems, and fuel performance codes for fission systems. His interest is also in subsurface flow and transport modelling for the CTBT.
Alberto joined the Nuclear Futures Institute in July 2021 as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate. His main research revolves around the corrosion caused by liquid metals. He is also interested in the design of materials to be used in extreme environments.
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.
Gaurav is a PDRA with research interests in the development of functionalized glass and glass-ceramics for photonic and optical applications. Gaurav's research at the NFI involves radiation hard sensors.
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.