Dr. Alberto Fraile Garcia
Advanced Reactor Materials Post-doctoral Research Assistant
Alberto joined the Nuclear Futures institute as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in July 2021. His interests include materials for nuclear technology and/or in extreme environments. Alberto’s research interests include corrosion by liquid metals and high velocity impacts in plasma facing materials.
His research is carried out mainly using atomistic simulations, especially classical molecular dynamics. Alberto is now exploring how machine learning techniques can be incorporated into his simulations.
Alberto completed his Ph.D. at the Institute of Nuclear Fusion Madrid in collaboration with Los Alamos National Lab (NM, USA) in 2013 working on the atomistic simulation of liquid metals and alloys for future nuclear fusion reactors. In his PhD, he developed a new interatomic potential model for the eutectic PbLi alloy over a wide range of Li concentrations. This potential was then used to model the behavior of helium bubbles inside the liquid melt.
Alberto also focuses on the theoretical development of new materials such as high entropy alloys, metallic glasses and nanostructured materials. The goal of Alberto’s materials research is to understand the mechanisms governing the mechanical properties of these materials and to improve or tune selected properties as desired, depending on their envisaged applications.