Materials for Nuclear and Extreme Environments

Materials Group IconThe 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.

Meet the Team

Bill Lee

Prof. Bill Lee FREng

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.

Simon Middleburgh

Dr. Simon Middleburgh

Simon is a Reader in nuclear materials and joined Bangor in 2018 having previously held positions with Westinghouse and ANSTO

Michael Rushton

Dr. Michael Rushton

Michael is senior lecturer with interests in the atomic scale modelling of materials

Honorary and visiting Academics

John Idris Jones

Prof. John Idris Jones

John Idris Jones is an honorary professor in the group. He is Chair of the Snowdonia Enterprise Zone and was previously Engineering Manager at the Magnox station at Wylfa.

Laurence Williams

Prof. Laurence Williams
OBE FREng FIMechE FNucI

Laurence Williams is a visiting professor in the group. His interests lie in safety and regulation. Laurence was previously Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Nuclear Installations.


Dr. Antoine Claisse

Antoine is a senior engineer at Westinghouse Electric Sweden AB. He brings a wealth of knowledge related to advanced fuel modelling and commercialisation of materials.


Mattias Puide

Mattias is a principal engineer at Westinghouse Electric Sweden AB. He has a background in the advanced manufacture of ceramics and nuclear fuels.

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Dr. Matthew Gilbert

Matt is a senior scientist in Nuclear Forensics at AWE. He brings extensive experience in the processing signatures of actinide materials to determine history and provenance.

Postdoctoral Research Associates and Fellows

Dr. Lee Evitts

Lee Evitts is a Sêr Cymru research fellow specialising in modelling of nuclear materials with a particular interest in modelling the thermal conductivity of new fuel candidates.

Dr. Iuliia Ipatova

Dr. Iuliia Ipatova

Sêr Cymru research fellow. Iuliia is an experimentalist with experience in the manufacture and characterisation materials for nuclear fission and fusion.

Dr. Phylis Makurunje

Phylis brings a wealth of experience in ceramic materials processing and is working on fuel manufacture and design.

A list of our PhD, MRes and placement students, past and present can be found here.

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