Dr. Iuliia Ipatova
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.